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Individual Development Plan | Academic Career | Non-academic career | Workshop

Individual Development Plan

An individual development plan (IDP) helps you explore career possibilities and set goals to follow the career path that fits you best.


Academic Career

Career development for women

The "Programme Regard" is open to PhD and post-doc women

Carine Carvalho Arruda,
Bureau de l'égalité des chances, bureau 226,
Unicentre,1015 Lausanne,
+41 21 692 20 45
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Creating the post-doc's job-hunt package: finding opportunities outside the university and building applications


This workshop reviews the current employment situation and helps participants prepare for a non-academic career path, whether in the private or public sector.

The workshop is organized over two days, with a two-week interval during which participants will develop their job-search portfolio. The workshop will include:

  • How to identify the parameters of their job-search: their skills and interests, goals and methods
  • How to identify potential employers and possible employment opportunities, reviewing job ads, networking, online resources
  • Creating the elements of a CV and of a cover letter: content, style, structure and purpose
  • Preparing for the interview.

On the first day, participants will gain an understanding of how to approach the job market (where doctorate holders work, the paths they take in their careers, the interaction with employers), and how to build the elements of their application. In the interval period, participants prepare for the second day by creating the first draft of their job-hunting strategy: identifying job-finding opportunities relevant to their own situation, writing a CV based on the first day's work, and the template for their own cover letter. In advance of the second day's activities, they will send their CV and cover letter to the trainer. On the second day of the workshop, participants will review their job-seeking strategy together, and receive personalized feedback on their CV and cover letter.

Target population
UNIL Post-­docs who have decided to leave the university environment.

Dr Verity Elston: Head of the CUSO programme in transferable skills. She has broad professional experience in the private and public sectors in several countries, and conducts ongoing research on careers for doctorate holders in Switzerland and in Europe.

Dates (2 possibilities), 9.30 - 17.30:

  • 24 April and 8 May 2015 (English) - FULL (waiting list)
  • 24 and 31 August 2015 (English) - FULL (waiting list)
  • 13 and 27 november 2015 (English)

Mandatory by filling this form.
Maximum 12 participants 

Mélanie Bosson, adjointe relève académique, melanie.bosson@unil.ch




Dr. Claire Arnold
University of Lausanne
Grant Office
Office 331
CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel: +41 21 692 20 25
Fax: +41 21 692 20 15 

Additional information

Unicentre  -  CH-1015 Lausanne  -  Tel. +41 21 692 20 25  -  Fax +41 21 692 20 15
Swiss University