Développer sa carrière

Café carrière | Portfolio | Your Professional Profile | Academic Careers: Demands, Expectations and Preparation | Les compétences et le dossier de candidature non-académique | Online Profile | Networking, online profiles, and exploring the alternatives | Interviews for non-academic opportunities | Negotiation | Coaching and decision-making

Café carrière

Trajectoires, décisions, connaître les bases

Une brève introduction sur les points clefs de votre développement de carrière aussi bien dans l'académique qu'ailleurs. Chaque mois, la discussion portera sur des thématiques ciblées, liées à la carrière.

Le Café carrière est pensé pour les doctorant·e·s et postdocs de l'UNIL et du CHUV quelque soit leur discipline de recherche et buts de carrière. Afin de faciliter la participation, il aura lieu chaque mois, à des heures variées et en alternance, en anglais et en français.

Nous vous recommandons fortement de participer à un Café carrière avant de vous inscrire à une formation ou un conseil personnalisé au sein du Graduate Campus.

Les thèmatiques régulières :

  • trajectoires de carrières des docteur·e·s
  • préparation pour la prochaine étape de votre carrière: outils pratiques à développer, à quoi s'attendre ? qu'avoir à l'esprit ?
  • resources disponibles pour les doctorant·e·s et postdocs de l'UNIL et du CHUV

La confirmation d'inscription à toutes les autres activités du Graduate Campus en lien avec la carrière est liée à la participation à un Café carrière ou à une activité similaire.

Population cible: doctorant·e·s et postdocs de l'UNIL et du CHUV

Durée: 2 heures



Crossing the Bridge: clarifying and designing what comes next after the postdoc or the PhD


This workshop provides the participants with the knowledge and technique for their individual career development. It is aimed at UNIL doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers, no matter what their career goals (academic or elsewhere), to help them consider their options and make an active, intentioned transition as they move out of the PhD or postdoctoral phase.

The workshop asks each participant to examine their experience in order to build their career portfolio and identify the direction they would like to take. In combination with a skills inventory designed for PhDs, participants will review all aspects of their career path to date in order to make the “implicit explicit”: their diverse stories are explored as narrative episodes of skills, knowledge, interests and motivations. The result of this process is improved self-knowledge and direction, as well as content to communicate to potential employers – in the CV, the motivation letter, online profile, pitch or interview process.

Most importantly, participants go through this process of understanding who they are and where they want to take their career, before asking how they will get to where they want to be. This second set of questions, which build upon greater self-awareness and clarity on interests to pursue, will be covered by later workshops by exploring the tools of application material, online profiles, networking etc.

The “portfolio” workshop is aimed at providing participants with the long-term tools to help them manage their own careers. Its content is relevant not just in the transition out of PhD or postdoc: the techniques participants learn will be of use throughout their career.

In order to best prepare, participants will be required to read preliminary texts ahead of the workshop. Details will be provided to registered participants ahead of the date.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this workshop you will:

  • Use an imaginative, first reflection process to complete exercises towards the creation of your individual professional portfolio for your career development.
  • Build your long-term autonomy in making professional decisions: making proactive, conscious choices for personal goals and professional development.
  • Begin the process of translating your academic experience into the vocabulary of different environments: writing and talking about yourself in non-academic contexts.

Target population

UNIL doctoral candidates and Postdocs.
The language of the workshop is English.


Head of career advice for the Graduate Campus at the University of Lausanne, and director of her own company, Portfolio Formation Sàrl, Verity Elston was previously director of the CUSO Transversal Programme and prior to that, Deputy to the Dean of the EPFL Doctoral School. She has broad professional experience in the private and public sectors in several countries, including in middle- and high-level recruitment. She holds a doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, the FSEA certificate in adult education, and the ACC certificate in integral coaching. She conducts ongoing qualitative and quantitative research and analysis on the career paths of doctorate holders in Switzerland and in Europe.


Your Professional Profile

Skills Inventory with TRIMA (in English)

This workshop is designed to help postdocs identify and develop their professional profile based on their experience in the academic environment and elsewhere. Through the use of the TRIMA psychometric questionnaire, it includes:

  • Identifying your goals, motivations, and behaviour patterns in a professional context
  • Helping you to make choices for your next professional steps, by improving your self-understanding and self-confidence
  • Highlighting the skills you have developed in the academic context and elsewhere, both in your professional profile and during the recruitment process
  • Identifying any gaps relative to employer requirements
  • Identifying other opportunities to develop


The reflection process is based on the results of a psychometric questionnaire (TRIMA), which describes participants’ social styles (who am I? what are my preferences, my goals?) and skills (what am I capable of, what is my behaviour when conducting my professional duties? What transversal skills have I developed so far?).

The individual analysis and reflection is accompanied by exchange and reflection in pairs and in small groups.


At the completion of the workshop, you will:

  • Have identified your goals and preferences, and will have a base with which to reflect on future employment and career development opportunities
  • Have developed your profile of transversal skills and will be able to give value to them in both your application material as well as during a recruitment interview
  • Be able to provide evidence of your skills through concrete examples
  • Have identified what might be holding you back, as well as the opportunities for development
  • Be hold the tools with which to continue your reflection.

The workshop has a strong emphasis on peer exchange, through pairs or small groups. This means that each participant needs to be open to sharing and exchanging on the basis of the results from the TRIMA questionnaire.

The analysis and reflection are based on self-evaluation and are put to the test through concrete examples taken from academic and non-academic contexts.

Requirements and language

Each participant will be required to complete the TRIMA psychometric questionnaire in advance of the workshop (details will be provided after registration), and to have documented their specific skills (disciplinary knowledge, technical skills, etc.).

Participants will need to have a good command of English, both written and oral. The questionnaire may be completed and results received in English or in French. The workshop will be conducted in English however, and will be based on the English version of the questionnaire.

Target Audience

Postdocs (and if places available, advanced PhD candidates)


Thursday 19 and Friday 20 July 2018



Academic Careers: Demands, Expectations and Preparation

The aim of this workshop is to sensitize participants to the demands and expectations linked to pursuing an academic career. It presents the foundational elements of self-presentation that apply to hiring processes on the academic track, from applications to interview.

Based on discussion and intensive practical work, the programme will include presenting your research and motivations for the academic path, and preparing your CV. Participants will work together to develop their CVs and self-presentation.

Our discussion will cover the academic aims of a postdoctoral phase and what a hiring committee is looking for when filling a professorship position. Participants are encouraged to reflect about their personal profile and situation within the perspective of an academic career.


Trainer: Prof. Marianne Schmid Mast and Verity Elston


Participants: maximum 15. The workshop is open to doctoral candidates and postdocs from all disciplinary backgrounds.


Duration: 4 hours


Les compétences et le dossier de candidature non-académique

Cet atelier se focalise sur les bases de toutes postulations dans un contexte non académique: il permet de rassembler les outils pratiques pour le CV et la lettre de motivation.

En plus des différents éléments à inclure dans le dossier de postulation, nous allons explorer:

  • la recherche d'emploi comme un projet de recherche: l'analyse et la compréhension profonde des opportunités afin de créer une postulation adaptée et contextualisée
  • l'identification des mots clefs et la présentation des connaissances et compétences que vous y apportez.
  • la présentation de votre profil professionel dans un CV et une lettre de motivation: amener votre expérience, vos compétences et motivation.


Cet atelier de 4 heures est intensif et ciblé sur des exercices pratiques. Vous devez être prêt·e à partager et échanger avec les autres sur vos expériences professionnelles.


Pour participer à cet atelier, vous devez avoir suivi un "café carrière".

Les participants devront également remplir un bilan de compétences en ligne avant l'atelier.

Public cible

En priorité les postdocs de l'UNIL et du CHUV. Les doctorant·e·s trouvent une offre similaire à travers le programme transversal de la CUSO.


Online Profile

Build a coherent professional profile online

A coherent online profile on your professional networking site is the modern business card: it helps people identify who you are and what you are doing.
Curating a coherent profile online requires more than completing basic information and uploading a photo. Active profile management can expand your professional reach, help build a network, locate career opportunities and track research.

Through discussion and practical exercises, we will focus on upgrading your online profile to reflect your professional identity, learn how to customize features in common networking sites, use key words and explore tips to connect with people and groups you want to share with.

Trainer: Maura Hannon

Prerequisite: Participants must have an active profile on at least one professional networking site such as Linked-in, Viadeo or Xing. They should also have completed their reflection on the knowledge, skills and interests they want to highlight in their professional profile.

Target audience: This workshop is intended primarily for UNIL/CHUV postdocs. Doctoral candidates will find a similar offer through the CUSO Transversal and doctoral programmes.

16 participants

Duration: 4 hours


Using online networks to develop your research career

Research has a long tradition of being shared and developed through papers, meetings, conferences and conversations. Sharing research online is rapidly becoming part of the same process and is no different once you know how it is done.

Whether in an academic or a non-academic research career, when you share on the various platforms you integrate into your daily workflows, you create new possibilities for research, collaborative partnerships and career opportunities.

Learn in this workshop how to be as deliberate in creating online opportunities as you are in creating face-to-face interactions to improve your research. Through practical activities and discussion, you will identify your hub online platform and how to create online-sharing workflows around it.

Trainer: Maura Hannon

Prerequisite: Participants must have an active profile on at least one networking site such as Twitter, Linked-in, academia.edu or ResearchGate as well as knowledge of other online platforms of relevance to your research.

Target audience: This workshop is intended primarily for UNIL/CHUV postdocs. Doctoral candidates will find a similar offer through the CUSO Transversal and doctoral programmes.

16 participants max.

Duration: 4 hours


Networking, online profiles, and exploring the alternatives

How to be “in the right place, at the right time”? How to make the right connections and access career opportunities that are never advertised and yet continue to be a major source of recruitment?

Is an online profile necessary? What makes a good one?

How to find out more about career options: roles and organisations that could be of interest?

Through discussion and practical exercises, this workshop will explore these essential aspects to the career development process. We will also discuss how networking and informational interviewing can help to strengthen the standard application process


This workshop is intended primarily for UNIL/CHUV postdocs. Doctoral candidates will find a similar offer through the CUSO Transversal and doctoral programmes.


Interviews for non-academic opportunities

This workshop is intended for postdocs who want to continue their career in the international and/or private sector (for instance multinationals, NGO’s…). It will provide participants with information on:

  • The different types of interviews (such as: Telephone, Video, One-to-one, Panel, Group…) and the stakeholders involved (such as HR, managers, headhunters…)
  • The pre-interview work, such as research needed, review CV vs the job description…
  • How to behave during the interview process:
    • Promoting their transversal/soft skills, not just their technical skill or scientific expertise
    • Answering the most common questions during an interview process, such as: “why do you want to leave academia”, “why did you apply for this position”, “what are your weak points”, “walk me quickly through your CV”

The training will help the candidates to practice job interviews, benefiting from peers’ and trainer’s feedback.
Workshop content

The first part of workshop will be conducted with a mixture of presentations and simulation (i.e. one student plays the role of an interviewer and the trainer of a candidate, in order to enhance the learning).       
In the second part the participants will engage in small-group exercises (3 people) to explore the roles of candidate, interviewer and observer.
At the end of the workshop, a full-class discussion will recap and clarify the essential points and possible questions.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the workshop, participants will have learnt how to prepare for a job interview for roles on paths other than the academic/tenure.

In addition, they will be prepared on how to:
- Understand variety of possible interview formats and get prepared for those.
- Understand the different perspectives of those involved in the interview process.
- Know how to respond to questions concerning their transferable (soft) skills, highlighting both their approach to a problem as well as the outcome.
- Know how to conduct themselves professionally during the interview process.
- Answer the most common questions during the first steps of a job interview.


Luca Allaria has worked for almost 15 years in the biomedical industry, in both large (Medtronic) and medium sized (Endologix) companies. In his career, Luca has focused on both the business aspects of his activities and on training and communication. In his international experience, he has been involved in multiple recruitment processes, both with and without the support of head-hunters.

Luca holds an MS in Biomedical Engineering and an Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA) from the IMD Business School in Lausanne. He is certified as an Education Manager/Director and has taken multiple training courses in communication and recruitment. He is also a certified professional coach with the IDC (Institut de Coaching in Geneva).



Negotiation: a mindset and a process

Career transitions are full of challenges, and to be successful, require specific sets of skills.

Negotiation skills play an important role in any career transition process. Whether you wish to stay in academia or whether you are aiming for a career outside academia (industry, freelance, NGOs…) negotiation skills will help you achieve your goals.

This one-day, highly interactive workshop provides an introduction to negotiation, together with its specific mind-set. The negotiation process is broken down into specific manageable units, each being a separate technical module with its own tools and techniques.

This workshop will focus on the importance of preparation, which in turn leads to a higher level of confidence. The tools are practical and can be used both in personal and professional situations, although throughout the day a special emphasis on employment negotiations will be made.

At the end of the seminar, the participants will:

  • Recognize the characteristics and consequences of various styles of interactions;
  • Understand how to build relationships based on interest and opportunity;
  • Get an overview of the entire negotiation process;
  • Master the preparation step, both of the overall context as well as the detailed goal;
  • Test a tool that will enable a stronger and more confident approach to meeting the other party;
  • Work on specific case studies linked with career transitions.


Melissa Davies, graduate of the London School of Economics is an international consultant with broad experience in management (strategic and operational), particularly within the fields of organisational development, partnership brokering and fundraising, IT and project management.

Melissa is an independent professional negotiator with over 20 years experience of both negotiating agreements and training negotiation skills and conflict management (see www.negoservices.com for references). Customers include academia, scientific research institutes, the private sector (industry) and non-profit organisations.
“Solution focused” coach, Melissa has a great motivation to accompany people and organisations in their professional and personal development.


6-12 postdoc researchers as priority registration (doctoral candidates may be admitted if there is sufficient space)


9:00 17:00, 7 hours active


Coaching and decision-making

Decision, Decisions!Taking Lead in Your Career Transition

Through four interactive sessions, this workshop will explore some of the key underpinnings of what drives individuals to struggle in taking the lead on managing their career development. We will look at the factors that create conflict and raise difficulty in decision-making and implementation – for example limiting beliefs, risk aversion, and self-sabotage. This workshop will encourage you to explore your current career trajectory and challenge you to evaluate the effectiveness of decision-making capabilities while evaluating the opportunities for change.

Trainer: Dr. Shawnmarie Mayrand-Chung

Participants: 6-8 postdocs

Duration: 4 sessions of 3 hours



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