Support and advice

While you consider whether a transition beyond academia is right for you, and once you’ve made the decision to make the change, you’re not alone!



As a doctoral candidate or postdoc at UNIL, you have access to support through the Graduate Campus workshops and those offered by the Careers and Guidance Center (SOC).

Female PhD holders at UNIL can apply to be part of the PROWD programme at the Equal Opportunities Office, with tracks for the academic or non-academic career.

Doctoral candidates can also check the offer with the CUSO doctoral programmes and the “PRO” module with the CUSO Transversal Programme.

The ALUMNIL network also provides support for anyone with a UNIL degree. The alumni Office service TandemPRO is a free coaching programme that helps members share their experience by offering UNIL graduates and PhDs the opportunity to meet with a "TandemPRO Coach". A service that gives the opportunity to make contacts, develop your network, identify opportunities and get advice on your career.


External resources

There are a wide variety of online resources you can consult in order to consider and prepare for the transition:

Figure out where your strengths and interests lie:

Learn from the experience of others:

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