PhD career event – a career outside of academia

The PhD Council of the Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) invites PhD students in philosophy to register for the PhD career event to take place November 30th, 2017.


November 30th, 2017


Rotterdam Science tower, Marconistraat 16, 11th floor, Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship
Rotterdam, 3029 AK Netherlands

Primary target group

PhD Students

About the topic

You have worked hard and developed impressive skills during your PhD. Now you are thinking about your future options. Are your skills and qualities useful for a job outside of academia? Are there jobs that you would enjoy? During the OZSW PhD career event, you will learn about your career opportunities outside of academia and how to identify your professional skills that are valuable in a non-academic context.


The programme divided into two parts. The first part provides you with general information about careers outside of academia: in the keynote lecture, Inge van der Weijden will show you where PhD holders work outside of academia and how they got there. In the subsequent presentation carousel, trained philosophers who now work outside of academia will share their personal insights with you. The second part provides you with opportunities to reflect upon your own future. Two workshop sessions assist you in identifying your relevant skills, qualities and possible career options, and in a road mapping session, you determine your next practical steps. Finally, the event is concluded with drinks, kindly sponsored by the OZSW.

12:30-13:00 Registration
13:00-13:40 Plenary lecture by Inge van der Heijden on careers outside of academia after doing a PhD
13:45-14:45 Presentation carousel: PhD holders in philosophy about their careers outside of academia
-Coffee break-
15:15-17:00 Workshop sessions
-15:15-16:00: Workshop 1: How to employ your skills outside of academia?
-16:05-16:50: Workshop 2: Business model you
17:00-17:30 Road mapping session
17:30 Drinks


The event is free of charge, but registration is required as spaces are limited.

How to apply / register

Please register here.


The event is organized by Marthe Smedinga and the OZSW.

Contact info

If you have any questions, please contact Marthe Smedinga: