Inspiring process support for early career researchers.
A professional trainer who knows the academic environment from the inside.

As supervisor or as coordinator or manager of career development programs for researchers at a graduate school, research institute, or university career center you care for an increasing share of temporary research staff.

 You want your early career researchers to grow professionally, successfully complete their projects, and smoothly take the next step in their career.

 You want to enable them to deal with time and performance pressure, as well as with uncertain (academic) career perspectives.

You want to complement the scientific guidance of PhD’s and postdocs by senior staff with counseling and training in their process of becoming self-reliant.

You are looking for stimulative, practical process support for ‘your’ early career researchers. You are ready to invest, so they can excel with ease and enthusiasm, within and without academia.

In a 30 minute Skype or phone call we clarify your question and how I can help you answer it. To ask one good question is often more helpful than a fast given answer.

Would you first like to read more? Below you find an overview of trainings and workshops for career development and personal leadership for groups of early career researchers. If you are looking for individual coaching, kindly refer to the services for Early Career Researchers. Perhaps you have a question, or you would like to assess whether a training meets your needs? Do not hesitate to contact me. You can also read this page about me.

Socratic Questioning Workshop

Socrates’ way of questioning convictions, hypotheses, and situations is thorough and opens new perspectives. Today Socratic questioning is a useful technique to step out of the box and think deeper. You can apply Socratic questioning to theoretical issues from your research as well as to more personal questions concerning your career and life.
The workshop Socratic Questioning offers a basic training in the Socratic way of asking questions

Socratic Intervision Dialogue Training

As a researcher you are curious about the boundaries of knowledge. Constant pushing against these boundaries can be a frustrating exercise, especially if you cannot share and discuss your obstacles and frustrations with peers in a structured and constructive way.
Through Socratic questioning techniques and with a specific structure for intervision dialogue a group of peers attains deeper exchange, thus stimulating professional development of academic researchers and peer problem solving in an early, preventive stage. The training aims at enabling the group to continue their Socratic Intervision Dialogues independently.

How to survive your PhD

This master class provides starting PhD students with an approach, procedures and tools for making an effective start with their PhD project in order to prevent problems and delays later on. A key element of the course is the further operationalization, discussion and presentation of the PhD proposal with other PhD students and supervisors.

Employability for PhDs

This masterclass offers final stage PhD students directions and a toolbox to finish their Phd and take on their post-PhD career with focus. It covers post-PhD career perspectives, investigates the career capital and career identity of soon-to-be PhD’s, and introduces the basics of the Dutch job market and job application processes.

Personal leadership in working relationships

Effective leadership in working relations is an important element for success in every research career. PhD students and Postdocs often find their working relations complex. They are approached from diverse perspectives that can change over time.
This training is designed to help early career researchers interact with confidence and good judgement with their supervisors and other working relations within and without the academic environment.

Getting the Better of Stress

You plan your work efficiently and manage your time well. Yet, you regularly feel overwhelmed by your work. You realize that you need more than efficient time and project management to keep your enthusiasm and energy up to par.

Tailored workshops and trainings

You can contact me if you have a specific request or would like to discuss possibilities for customized workshops and trainings. Examples of custom work include:

  • Personal Brand, Professional Mission
  • Peer Feedback on Knowledge Valorization in NWO Veni Grant Applications
  • Time management for early career researchers