Career Day

The ENABLE Career Day will take place in Barcelona on the 15th of November 2017 and will be one of the core activities of the 1st European PhD and Postdoc Symposium. The aim of the event is to create a common ground where PhD students and postdocs from all over Europe can interact with professionals from different areas to discuss career perspectives beyond the bench. Furthermore, the career day will provide attendees with active training to strengthen the necessary skills to effectively manage their professional development.

Career chats:

Broaden your Horizon talking to professionals

What is it?

  • Career Chats overcome the classical format of career development roundtables providing a more direct interaction between PhD and Postdocs and professionals that hold a PhD but moved beyond academic research like industry CEOs, consultants, editors or science communicators.

How does it work?

  • Each session will last 30-45 min and will involve 15-20 participants who will have the opportunity to interact with and ask questions to the professional participating in that session. At the end of the allotted time, participants will move on to another Career Chat with a different professional.

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How to Achieve My Professional Goals

Workshops during the ENABLE career day are intensive courses for small groups to help the personal and professional development of young researchers.

Experts from HFP Consulting, Biotechnology Business Institute, FEBS and Scienseed will provide different workshops to help PhD students and Postdocs make effective decisions for their future careers and prepare them to face professional challenges. Each workshop will last 3 hours and offers places for 16 to 20 participants, depending on the workshop. A separate registration is necessary for participation in each workshop.

Science communication and public engagement

by Scienseed

If science doesn’t resonate with society, it will not be trusted or supported. That’s why we need to make sure the things that happen in the lab don’t stay in the lab and make it out there!

Goals of the workshop

  • To learn how to transform a research result into an engaging story
  • To transmit that story using different channels and formats

Scientific writing


Writing is one of the most common means of expression for scientists. Their career success depends to a great extent on how well they are able to transmit their results and research plans in this way.

Goals of the workshop

  • Become familiar with the structure and working of different science writing formats
  • Acquire the skills to become efficient writers of papers and research proposals.

Transferable Skills

by HFP Consulting

Over the course of their careers, young researchers acquire a set of transferable skills that they are not aware of and that are of great value when choosing a career path.

Goals of the workshop:

  • raise awareness of one´s own skills set
  • develop a competences profile

What’s next

by HFP Consulting

Scientists are often trapped in the loop of not knowing what to do next in their career path, being this inside or outside academia. In this workshop, participants will be guided towards understanding where their interests lie, reflect on their goals and better assess which jobs might suit them better.

Goals of the workshop:

  • enable participants to make an informed decision about their future career
  • stimulate a more proactive approach towards career choices

How to prepare for a job interview

by HFP Consulting

In this workshop, the general framework of the  interview process will be introduced, how to prepare for it and the elements needed for a successful job interview will all be discussed. In addition, participants will be equipped with a strategy to answer any type of interview questions and they will rehearse in mock interviews and practical exercises.

Goals of the workshop:

  • practice useful tools to become confident with the selection process
  • prepare participants to fill in various types of job applications, within or outside the academic setting

Set your goals & Time Management

by HFP Consulting

Participants will reflect on why it is important to have goals in career-related decision making as well as in their scientific projects. By practicing on a personal goal, they will learn what the characteristics of good goals are and how to set them properly.

Setting clear goals has a direct impact on the way we manage our time and, therefore, on our productivity and quality of life. We will introduce a framework for organizing work productively, setting priorities efficiently and managing time proactively.

Goals of the workshop:

  • practice useful techniques for goal setting, applicable for both scientific projects and career choices
  • empower participants with a strategy for managing their time more efficiently

Do I have a potential discovery? Intellectual Property Valuation and Knowledge Transfer

by the  Biotechnology Business Institute

Understanding the added value and the economic potential of a scientific discovery is of critical importance during the knowledge transfer process to the biomedical or biotechnological business. During this workshop, the Biotechnology Business Institute will work through key activities to manage innovation to the market.  

Goals of the workshop:

  • Intellectual property identification, valuation and assessment
  • Knowledge transfer strategytly

Am I thinking about a Biotech-based Company? Business Planning and Innovation in life sciences

by the  Biotechnology Business Institute

The number of biotech-based companies is steadily increasing and their relationship with the pharmaceutical industry in life sciences is also growing hand-in-hand as a sectorial strategy. During this workshop, the Biotechnology Business Institute will work through  key activities to succeed as a company in the sector of life sciences.

Goals of the workshop:

  • Learn how to structure, formulate and pitch a business plan
  • Funding strategy

Opportunity fair:

Where is the Next Challenge in your Career?

The ENABLE opportunity fair will be a unique occasion for young and talented researchers to meet with companies and public organisations and build up constructive interactions with people from various life science sectors. Representatives will be present from:

  • Pharmaceutical and Biotech companies
  • Recruiting agencies
  • Editing/publishing companies
  • Academic organisations
  • Scientific Societies
  • Business schools

Meet the companies and explore your career options! >

The Career Day has been organised in collaboration with PCB and IBEC.