Create your personal competency profile



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26+27 November, 15 December 2020
9:30 am - 11:30 am

9 / 1 CP


Young scientists are often lacking awareness of their competencies, and find it hard to put them into words. However, it is fundamental that young scientists can describe their competencies in a concise way, if they want to apply successfully for positions within and outside academia. This course is based on the Kompetenzenbilanz coaching method. Course participants analyze their competencies in detail and identify their strengths, practice how to explain them to potential employers and develop an action plan for further development. The schedule is based on the core principals of the Kompetenzenbilanz (Experience – Perception – Motivation - Action) and includes information about the job market and practical examples on how to use one’s competency profile in job applications.

Objectives: After this course, participants

  • have developed a comprehensive profile of their competencies, which forms the basis for effective and targeted job applications
  • can assess their competencies and present them in a concise and adequate way
  • know their strengths and are able to explain their “added value” to the employer


Online seminars: Short lectures, group work, discussions, job interview
simulation, real-life examples - 26, 27 Nov+15 Dec, 9:30-11:30 pm

Group coaching: In-depth analysis of each participants’
competencies - 3 group coachings (2h) à 3 people, 30 Nov - 11 Dec - appointments will be arranged

Self-Study: Self-reflection & individual work with coaching exercises;
Access to worksheets, further information and videos; Online-forum enables exchange
among course participants and optional support by the lecturer in between seminars - throughout the seminar


Dr. Iris Köhler
Dr. Iris Köhler is a certified career coach and trainer and experienced scientist. She studied agricultural sciences at the Technical University of Munich and received her doctorate there in 2013. After a postdoctoral stay in the United States (2014-2016), she switched to science management and coordinated the graduate school of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig (2017-2019).

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