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July 2016

Summer break is approaching. 

The spring semester is coming to an end. We are happy to hear that you have found our events interesting and educational through your positive feedback on our events.

After the summer break, we return with new events in our event calendar and, as always, our various career and counselling services.

The deadline for AU Mentor PhD application is approaching

The deadline is August 16th 2016, but there is still time for you to send in an application for the AU Mentor PhD programme. Embrace the chance to be brought closer to the business community and ease your prospective transition from university to a career outside of academia.

If you sign up for the mentor programme you will get the chance to discuss issues that you find relevant with an AU PhD alumnus from the business community, who is employed in a company or organisation that is relevant for you.

Click the link below for more information and application link.

AU PhDs at Work - a facebook initiative

For the last four months, we have congratulated 16 AU PhDs with their new jobs on our Facebook page. We have done this to show you the variety of companies that employ PhDs, and to share with you the job tasks and titles that AU PhDs have. We hope that it has inspired you!

We are pleased to see that the posts on AU PhDs at Work have reached so many of you every week. For the last three weeks we have posted brief facts on where, as what and in which companies these 16 AU PhDs have found their job. This is what we observed:


It is often assumed that finding relevant work as a PhD in Jutland can be a challenge. Looking at the 16 AU PhDs that we have featured this spring, the majority found work in and around Aarhus.

Despite seeing a diversity in job titles, titles that contain consultant, analyst and scientist were more frequent. As most of the profiles were from mainly ST followed by BSS this was naturally reflected in both job titles and tasks.

Half of the 16 profiles from AU PhDs at Work are employed in companies with more than 250 employees. Small companies with less than 50 employees are second up - an interesting observation when considering the increased focus on having more PhDs employed in small and medium-sized companies.

We look forward to hearing from many more of you when AU PhDs at Work returns in August. (And come on, Health PhDs – where do you find work??)

If you have just landed a new job as a PhD, feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you. 

Falling Walls Lab - share your innovative idea

On September 28th 2016, the Falling Walls Lab takes place - an innovative scientific format for PhDs and PhD students from all disciplines.

You will have the opportunity to present your research work, business model, innovative project or idea with peers and a distinguished jury from academia and business. The most intriguing presenter will qualify directly for the prestigious Falling Walls Lab Finale and to attend the Falling Walls Conference on November 8th and 9th 2016 in Berlin.

Participation in Falling Walls Lab Aarhus presents PhDs and PhD students with a unique opportunity to communicate cutting-edge research to a broad audience and a distinguished jury in an innovative format.

Do not miss this great opportunity to present your work and network with excellent scientists and professionals.

Individual counselling - time slots available in August

One of our key services here in AU Career PhD is individual counselling. 

In one-on-one talks, you can discuss career directions, alternative career options, get feedback and advice on your CV and cover letter, and you can increase your awareness of your competences and what you have to offer. And of course any other topic that you would like to discuss.

Time slots in August are now available for booking. And remember, a Skype meeting is also an option should you be unable to attend an appointment at the different locations in Aarhus.

PhD Career Day 2016 - the date is set!

On November 17th 2016, PhD Career Day takes place. This day will be your opportunity to mingle and network with a range of different companies and learn about career options outside academia. 

Both companies and students found last year's PhD Career Day interesting and educational, and we will do our very best to ensure that PhD Career Day 2016 will be equally eventful and rewarding. We have already now booked iNANO's foyer, which will provide a unique and spacious setting for the event and made contact with potential companies. 

EVENTS - autumn 2016

Event though the summer is upon us, you can already now register for our autumn events.


15:30-17:30 | Mødelokale 1, Studenterhusfondens Konferencecenter, Fredrik Nielsens Vej 2-4 8000 Aarhus C

Have you considered a job within consultancy? Many PhDs end up with a title as consultant, but what does this actually entail? Meet three different PhD alumni working within consultancy. Learn how they have applied their PhD skills in their current job and how they transitioned from university to the industry.

For more information and registration, click here


14:00-17:30 | Foyeren, iNANO, Gustav Wieds Vej 14 (Building 1590), 8000 Aarhus C

PhD Career Day 2016 will provide you with a strong and useful basis for at great start to your professional career. Join this event and get a unique opportunity to display your qualities and skills to a range of different companies.

For more information and registration, click here


15:30-17:30 | Studenterhusfondens Konferencecenter, Richard Mortensensstuen, Fredrik Nielsen Vej 2-4, 8000 Aarhus C

Creating a good CV and a well-written cover letter is an essential step and basic requirement in any successful job search. Join this seminar and learn how you can create CV and cover letter with just the right polish, professionalism and proper punctuation.

For more information and registration, click here

relevant articles

"28 brilliant questions to ask at the end of every job interview" is about the importance of remembering that every interview is a two-way street. 

"The very process of asking questions completely changes the dynamic of the interview and the hiring manager's perception of you" says Teri Hockett, chief executive of What's For Work?, a career site for women. Read the article here

"Skills Corner: Translating your duties into impact" - emphasizes that merely copy-pasting your resume from the job description is vertially a no-go. In stead, translating your skills into impact is the way forward.

"Ever read a resume and have no idea what the person actually DOES all day? Take a look at yours or better yet- ask someone to read it and tell you what they think you work on. If it’s anything less than spot on, it’s time to rejig it up!" - Jill Ozovek, CPC and self-employed. 

Read this article and get a few pointers on how you can transform your skills into actual benefits. Read the article here

Office closed for the summer

The office is closed from July 1st to August 1st. 2016. Any enquiries will be answered as soon as possible after the holiday.

If you are searching for information on AU Career PhD and our services, check out our website.

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We also feature articles and blogs relevant for you as a PhD student, covering topics such as the different career paths for PhDs outside academia, how to market yourself to employers and which skills and experience non-academic employers are looking for.

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