Networking is a very effective strategy if you want to find new job opportunities, especially if you want to change direction after your current research project or job. However, this can be hard if you are from abroad and your local network is limited, as is often the case with internationally oriented PhD candidates. Some […]
About Claartje van Sijl
I am a philosophical career counselor and trainer. From my home base in Utrecht (The Netherlands), I assist early and mid career academics throughout the world with questions of purpose, direction, balance and confidence in life and career. My PhD in philosophy combined with my broad training as a certified coach/counselor enable me to work at a deeper level with career questions.
Clients appreciate how my open and compassionate attitude creates a safe environment to look within themselves. They value how my concrete tools help them clarify their mission and trust in their expertise. Because of my personal experience with the quirks of academia, they find they do not need to explain to me the special requirements of working flexibly, independently and intensely on (research)projects with much responsibility, high pressure to perform, and long term job uncertainty.
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The number of PhD candidates increases whereas career possibilities within universities decrease (cf. Nature 2011 on “The PhD Factory“). Still, most PhD candidates have a strongly research oriented perspective on their career after obtaining their PhD, especially in the social sciences and humanities the primary focus is on a future in academia. How can doctorate holders develop a more […]
Aristotle famously stated what boils down to “virtue lies in the middle”. The classic explanation of this claim is that courage is not just the opposite of cowardice, but that it is equally opposed to hubris, conceited, reckless overconfidence. As such, courage holds the middle ground between cowardice and hubris. After Aristotle, for over 2000 […]
These days I have the opportunity to learn more deeply about my principle, my intention to live life in happy, peaceful, joyful harmony. It is so easy to trust in good outcomes if nothing goes wrong, so easy to feel balanced and harmonious if there’s nothing that shakes your ground, so easy to be happy […]
Stuff like this gets me thinking.LNVH grafiek m:v academici Can we just ascribe this divergence to the basic biology of motherhood? I’m certain there is more to it. Especially at UD/UHD levels universities are getting more active in supporting women advance their careers, e.g. through various mentoring programs and personal skills coaching.
Advice from Lau Tze, wonderfully visualized by Zen Pencils:
I paraphrase from his book “De levensloop van de mens” (1976), chapter “Personal development and biography” (p. 184 ff.) ****** Your biography is like a symphony of which you are the sole composer. Consciously or unconsciously, you are the designer of your own fate. Keep in mind that:
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