Leadership course 1: Career development

The course focuses on the individual participant’s professional situation and career goals. The overall aim of the course is to create consciousness about various career paths both inside and outside academia.


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The course aims to answer three overall questions:

  • How to make well informed career decisions?
  • How to research one’s career goals?
  • How to handle conflicts between work life and personal life?

In order to answer these questions the course focuses on the following topics:

  • Career patterns: theories, tools and models
  • Personal development: analyze strengths and weaknesses
  • Organization and context: how to navigate, networking, possible career paths and research policy
  • Building your career: Skills, career goals and how to lead a research field
  • Leading yourself

Working methods include presentations, case-work, experience-sharing, individual tasks, and group discussions. A JTI Preference-test with a personal profile report is included. A home assignment is included where the participants do interviews with resource persons representing different career paths.

Expected learning outcomes

  • Personal and professional development
  • Understanding one’s strengths and competencies
  • Reflections on career goals & career paths
  • Tools for supporting career strategies
  • Organizational and sector insight
  • Strengthen your reflection competencies
  • Strengthen your leadership awareness
  • Strengthen your career management awareness

The course leaders are Monika Janfelt and Eivind Engebretsen. Janfelt is an experienced expert in career development for young researchers. She holds a PhD in history from Åbo Akademi, Finland, has a background as a researcher, and has conducted career programmes for young researchers since 2010.

The grading is based on the pass/fail system.
The course gives 5 ECTS.

Course dates and venue

Autumn 2018: 3.- 4. September and 3.-5.October.
Spring 2019: TBA

VenueHolmen Fjordhotell


The course consists of two modules (2+3 days) with individual preparation before each module. Signing up for the course, you are committed to attend all five days of the programme including preparatory activities.

The applicant needs to complete the Career development course before they may apply for the group mentoring scheme.

Application deadline:

  • July 31 (autumn semester).

To apply for the course, please fill in the application form:


Published Apr. 28, 2017 4:25 PM - Last modified June 22, 2018 2:24 PM