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december 2016

Happy holidays!

We wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

The office is closed from 23rd December until 3rd January 2017. In the meantime we will keep you posted on events, relevant articles and offer you a bit of light entertainment on our Facebook page.

au phds at work - where did they get a job?

For the last three months we have congratulated 14 AU PhDs on their new jobs on our Facebook page. It has been great to see that the posts have reached so many of you every week.

Our aim has been to increase your awareness of your career options outside academia and show you the potential work places and job functions that may await you. Based on the jobs of the 14 PhDs that we have had the great pleasure of congratulating, we have emphasized three important facts. 

Fact 1 - size of companies employing PHDs

Over half of the 14 profiles from AU PhDs at Work are employed in large companies (companies with more than 250 employees). Companies regarded as respectively medium-sized (250-500 employees) and small (less than 50 employees) employed the remaining 6 profiles.

Fact 2 - where in Denmark do PhDs find work?

As a PhD from Aarhus University, you may find yourself wondering where, geographically, you can be employed. Some of you may worry that Copenhagen is the only place to go – and yes, the Copenhagen area does seat many companies relevant to PhDs with various profiles. However, out of the 14 PhDs we have covered this fall the vast majority have found jobs in the Aarhus area and Jutland in general.

Fact 3 - job titles

The 14 profiles were employed in predominantly large companies (500+ employees) within various industries. For those of you looking to work in smaller companies, six of our profiles did find jobs in medium-sized (250-500 employees) and small companies (less than 50 employees). This diversity was equally reflected in job titles, although some degree of similarity was evident. This is partly explained by the majority of ST profiles, which is naturally reflected in both job titles and tasks. Below is a full list of the 14 profiles’ job titles.

  • Associate
  • Chemist
  • Consultant
  • Curator
  • Engineering Consultant
  • ERP- Developer Trainee
  • Food Scientist
  • Medical Specialist
  • Model Risk Analyst
  • Patent Attorney Trainee
  • R&D Engineer
  • Senior Bioinformatics Scientist
  • System Developer
  • Systems Engineer

As AU PhDs at Work has been very well received, we want to be able to continue these features in the new year, but we need your help! So please tell us when you or your colleagues start working in the industry.

PhD Career Day 2016

On 17th November, we launched our annual career day for PhDs and postdocs. This year 14 companies were signed up and all keen to hear what PhDs from AU had to offer. 

Due to last year's enormous interest in the event, we set out to find a location large enough to accommodate this year's eager PhDs. Fortunately, we came across the iNANO foyer, which we thought provided a great and more spacious setting for PhD Career Day 2016 - and we were happy to hear that many of you felt the same.

Many of the companies expressed their overall satisfaction with the event and a wish to participate in next year's career day. The companies were in general very pleased with the amount of relevant conversations and several are planning further contact with specific PhDs. 

So thank you for a great day and hope to see you all next year.

Event overview - spring 2017

All the events of 2016 have taken place, but we have already planned the events for the upcoming spring. Below is an overview of the events organised into three categories: ‘Market yourself’, ‘Skills’ and ‘Opportunities’. We have done this in order for you to maximise your potential and easily find just the right service for you.

More information on the events and registration links will follow in January, but here is a brief overview.

Note! The LinkedIn Seminar is open for registration now.

LinkedIn Seminar

Your LinkedIn profile is your professional face to the world! During this lecture Dennis Lam from LinkedIn will share his best tips and tricks to make your profile do the work for you. Main focus is on leveraging and expanding your network and perfecting your digital representation.

We’ll also give you a guided tour of other functions on the platform and teach you how to use LinkedIn in the best possible way. We’ll of course guide you to your dream job, but we’ll also show you how the recruiters can find you!

The event is for all students, PhDs and postdocs at Aarhus University. The auditorium only seats 100 so sign up HERE!

Date: 8th February 2017

Time: 15:30-16:30

Place: Fysisk auditorium, building 1523-318, Ny Munkegade 120, 8000 Aarhus C.

CV & Cover Letter Writing

Date: 3rd May 2017

Time: 15:00-17:30

Place: Preben Hornungstuen, Studenterhusfonden, Fredrik Nielsens Vej 2-4, 8000 Aarhus C


Date: 23rd February 2017

Time: 15:00-17:00

Place: Mogens Zielerstuen, Studenterhusfonden, Fredrik Nielsens Vej 2-4, 8000 Aarhus C

Developing Self-Awareness

Date: 19th April 2017

Time: 15:00-17:30

Place: Preben Hornungstuen, Studenterhusfonden, Fredrik Nielsens Vej 2-4, 8000 Aarhus C

The job behind the title: Research Scientist, QA Manager, Product Manager

Date: 7th March 2017

Time: 15:30-17:30

Place: Preben Hornungstuen, Studenterhusfonden, Fredrik Nielsens Vej 2-4, 8000 Aarhus C

Visit from the industry

Date: 22nd March 2017

Time: 15:30-17:00

Place: M2, Studenterhusfonden, Fredrik Nielsens Vej 2-4, 8000 Aarhus C

What do PhDs from Arts do?

Date: 5th April 2017

Time: 15:30-17:30

Place: M1, Studenterhusfonden, Fredrik Nielsens Vej 2-4, 8000 Aarhus C

International PhD: Finding Work in Denmark

Date: 24th May 2017

Time: 15:30-17:30

Place: Preben Hornungstuen, Studenterhusfonden, Fredrik Nielsens Vej 2-4, 8000 Aarhus C

What do PhDs from BSS do?

Date: 14th June 2017

Time: 15:30-17:30

Place: M1, Studenterhusfonden, Fredrik Nielsens Vej 2-4, 8000 Aarhus C


These events will soon appear in the Event Calendar on our website with more information and registration. Find it via the link below.

NEW! Work On Wednesday

What does an ordinary workday look like for an employee with a PhD?

We encounter many PhD students, who are contemplating this very thing. And more often than not it turns out to be the very basic things about worklife that puzzle the minds of PhD students. Topics such as working hours, work environment, job tasks, setting, colleagues and work methods are just examples of this.

For that very reason we introduce a new Facebook initiative - Work on Wednesday. Here we will show you what an ordinary Wednesday in the industry looks like for an AU alumni with a PhD. 

We aim to expose the basic and sometimes taken-for-granted details about worklife for PhDs in the industry. Hopefully we can give you a better idea of what your everyday will look like as a PhD employed outside academia.

We will start Work on Wednesday in January, so remember to stay tuned on Facebook.  

AU Mentor PhD

This year, our mentor programme has offered once again successful matches between PhD students from all four faculties and mentors from the industry. It has amounted to 22 matches of which many are already well underway. 

The mentor programme is an excellent way for you to get closer to the business community and ultimately ease your prospective transition from university to a career outside of academia.

The 2017 application deadline is 15th August and at the beginning of next year, a registration form will be accessible at the link below.

Career Talks

Do you have specific questions for a profile working outside academia? Then Career Talks may be just the thing for you! We are now offering to help you set up a meeting with a PhD profile that you find interesting. This is intended for those who want to know more about a particular company or job function and are not interested in a longer and more time consuming mentor relation.

Check out our website for more information, Career Talks profiles and how to sign up.

Follow Us on Facebook

Follow our AU Career PhD Facebook page to get the latest news on upcoming events.

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 what experience non-academic employers are looking for.

And do not miss our ongoing and weekly projects, AU PhDs at Work and Work on Wednesday.

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