Inside-out career portraits: the post introducing our new series

When you’re in the middle of a PhD or a postdoc, it can be hard to imagine there will ever be a time after. But when all of this is done… Where will you go? What will you do? Who will you work for? In other words: which job are you actually supposed to be preparing for?

The Course
To get an idea of what is possible after a PhD and how to prepare, KI Career Service organizes a yearly course for PhD students, appropriately called “Career skills for scientists”. It includes things like sessions on making a CV, interviewing, transferable skills and entrepreneurial thinking and the possibility to do a one month internship outside of academia (as it can be assumed you have plenty of experience inside academia…). To top it all up, participants put their networking hat on and interview two PhD-holding people, one working in academia, and one working outside of academia. These are written up into career portraits, and get charged and presented to the others in the course.

The Portraits
Selected career portraits from some previous years have been put together in the booklet “A PhD can take you anywhere”, and this year we’ve opted to publish them here, on the blog! So (as the very descriptive title of this post suggests) this is the introduction to a series of career portraits of PhD-holding people, covering paths reaching both inside and outside of academia. Some of this year’s course participants are active contributors to this blog, others have never written here before and will appear as guest-bloggers. To help you find and filter the portraits, all posts in the series will be tagged as #CareerPortrait, and additionally with #InsideAcademia or #OutsideAcademia, depending on the portrait (Duh!).

Want more? Here you go!

  • If you’re interested in the course, check it out on the Career skills for scientists website.
  • It might be that the thing that draws you to the course is mainly the possibility to do an internship (I know that’s what sealed the deal for me!). In that case you can find some more info and Q&A here.
  • While on the topic of the internships, both Shady and myself have written about our experience at the Swedish Research Council last year!
  • If you’re a postdoc, you don’t even need to take a course to do an internship 😉 Just check out the internship program here.
  • Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? You can try the KI Career Service website and Facebook group!
  • And if you ended up here because you’re about to leave KI and are looking for inspiration and a network, maybe the KI Alumni network can help you along…

That’s the intro! First portrait coming up tomorrow!
Have fun reading 🙂



Shady Kamal

Shady Kamal

Nice recap Ayla!

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