“We don’t need storytelling in research. we know how to write and read scientific publications. Everybody understands the format, scientific language. Storytelling is just something fancy”. How often does this thinking cross your...
How to stand out in the job interview
You’ve made it through the first-line selection, and now it is time to shine in person: the job interview. Here are some tips to help you stand out and ace the interview. Prepare well Preparation is key and will determine how you...
How to prepare and have an effective informational interview
A great way to find out if a particular career path is interesting for you is by having an informational interview. The main difference with a job interview is that then the focus is on you, while the focus of an informational interview...
The Science of Good Communication
Whether for a job interview, a presentation or at a networking event, good communication skills are an invaluable asset to any career-minded person. As a member of the Life Science ecosystem, it can be easy to dismiss the importance of...
What does ‘good supervisor’ mean to you?
When you pursue a Ph.D., its often quite a journey that will continue for the next 3, 5, or 7 years of your life. This why it is so important to meet a good supervisor for your project, but before that, you should know what does ‘good...
Develop your career plan
Would you go on a long holiday or build a house without a plan? No matter if you have been working for several years already or have just started, having a career plan is a good idea. It is a dreaded question in job interviews, but also...
How to network successfully to aid in your job search
Leading experts on career development claim that the chance of getting an interview after a referral is as high as 50%, whereas applying to job openings online only yields an interview in 3% of cases. 3%! Not a highly successful...
Do you dream with the brakes on?
Last month I gave two workshops at a PhD/postdoc career event at Leiden University. Most of the participants said they had no idea what they wanted to do next. But when I probed a bit further, I learned that a lot of the participants...
Women in Life Sciences: Ambitious and Ready to Lead!
Analysis of Ambition Among Young Professionals in the life sciences: A Gender Perspective A recent study conducted at BCF Career Event has provided fresh insights into the concept of ambition among young professionals, uncovering subtle...
Finishing your phd - breathe in, breathe out
It is okay to feel... Embarking on the final stages of a Ph.D. or postgraduate program can evoke a feeling of uncertainty and vagueness. The absence of definite instructions and direction on what lies ahead, as well as what steps to...