Interactive workshops and info sessions 2022

Below you find an overview of the interactive info sessions and workshops that will be offered live on 16 May at the ICC Ghent.

You do not need to register in advance, unless it is otherwise indicated. 

An update of the programme will follow in the course of February. Do keep an eye on this page!



Room 2 - Hubert Van Eyck - 1st floor

In this workshop Eva Van de Gaer will introduce you to the opportunities Europass offers in your search for study or work abroad. Creating a Europass profile, you will receive tailor-made suggestions for training courses and jobs in Europe. You can also easily create a CV and motivation letter on the Europass platform and apply online. In addition, you will find all the information you need to plan your adventure abroad (which documents do I need, which authorities can I contact, ...).

Europass: your personal gateway to working and studying in Europe

30 min. - Eva Van de gaer (Europass)

Room 3 - van der Goes - 1st floor

How do you best prepare for a transfer from academia to industry? What are the key differences between academia and industry? What are the differences between what a recruiter is looking for and what you emphasize in your brand? In this 1-hour workshop the trainer will look at the science behind successful application preparation, share practical experience transitioning from academia to industry, as well as a PhD profile recruiter’s point of view on how to stand out among the crowd.

From PhD to industry, a recruiter’s perspective

1h - dr. Robin Lefebvre (Grow2Excel)
Nervous when thinking about a job interview? This short info session aims at taking away some of that uneasiness … We will cover the key preparatory aspects as well as the “10 commandments” of a professional job interview. Having explained the basics of the ‘behavioural interview technique’ we will discuss some of the most typical and difficult interview questions.

How to prepare for a job interview

30 min. - dr. Rik De Greef (IsToBe Coaching Leaders & Teams)
In this interactive workshop Tom De Moor will list some do’s and don’ts for drafting a CV with an academic background. Your CV is the business card that makes (or breaks) the first impression a recruiter gets of your profile. It should show your professional personality, be adapted to the targeted position and communicate your killer points. In this short workshop, Tom will deduce guidelines regarding style, structure and content based on discussion of some frequently raised questions and authentic input. Tom works for the University Language Centre of Ghent University (UCT –, where he coordinates, develops and teaches courses of academic and professional language education. Among other transferable skills, he frequently gives workshops and coaching regarding academic application skills.

Your PhD in a CV

30 min. - Tom De Moor (UGent – UCT)
In this session, Jo Heirman (PhD in ancient Greek literature & Partner at Schelstrate Delacourt Associates) will discuss the potential of a career switch from academe to consultancy. He will look at the PhD track and experience with a competency-based view. Which are the key skills and competences developed during a PhD? And how are they transferrable to a context outside academe? By looking at a PhD with a competency-based view, he will demonstrate how a career in consultancy can be an interesting step in the career of someone exploring job opportunities outside academe. He will discuss this topic mainly with a personal testimonial to make the discussion as tangible as possible. 

Looking at the potential of a career switch from academe to consultancy

30 min. - dr. Jo Heirman (Schelstraete Delacourt Associates)
dr. Michael Houben shares his personal experience about the transition from phd to industry. He is happy to give an answer to questions such as 'What do I want to do after my PhD?', 'If I do not stay in academe, how can my skills and experience be put to use in another job?' How do I translate my academic experience into a profile that has value outside academe, and that can help me get the jobs I really want?' ....

From PhD to industry: best practices

45 min. - dr. Michael Houben (MACH 8)

Room 4 - Van Rysselberghe - 1st floor

Almost 9 out of 10 PhD degree holders in Flanders leave the academic nest to build a career in the non-academic labour market. In the current knowledge-driven economy and society, there is a high demand for employees who are creative, innovative, agile, critical, …. problem-solvers. They are wanted for exactly the same qualities that make researchers thrive in academia. Despite good career prospects, the transition to a non-academic career does not always run smoothly and for many is a venture into the unknown. The Ghent University Postdoc Community organises this live panel debate to give insight into the broad spectrum of career opportunities beyond academia, and to provide inspiration on how to navigate in the non-academic job market. Whom and what to expect? Speakers who have first-hand experience in building a career beyond academia, will share: insights into relevant career paths for PhD holders and the associated requirements; a clear view on the strengths of PhD degree holders in the non-academic labour market, the skills they need to develop, and the expected learning curve; useful tips & tricks

LIVE panel debate “Navigating smoothly from an academic to a non-academic career - first-hand experiences from PhD degree holders who have built a successful career beyond academia”

1h 30min. - dr. Wouter Rogiest (Patentales), dr. Renaat De Sutter (Haedes), dr. Kristof Vermote (Schelstraete Delacourt Associates), dr Roberta Guagliardo (GSK), dr Kasper Ossenblok (Kabinet B. Somers), dr. Sundar Singaravel (Bricsys) -
Learn more about how to fund a research opportunity in the United States via the Fulbright and BAEF programs. Each year Fulbright and BAEF awards grants for graduate studies, doctoral and post-doctoral research, foreign language teaching, and university lecturing in the United States. 

How to fund research opportunities in the USA – Fulbright and BAEF

45 min. - Finn S. Willems (Fulbright) & Marie-Claude Hayoit (BAEF)