SMARTSTART CareerMaker Course

October 12 - 13, 2017

Freiburg i. Br. (Germany)


Smart Start CareerMaker Course

Or: How to build your career vision and achieve it

Kickoff workshop, self-study period and follow-up one-on-one coaching


During your academic studies, you spend plenty of time learning scientific methods and facts about your field of study. Typically, there are much less systematic opportunities to learn how to translate that academic knowledge into a job, how to find and decide for a specific career pathway and how to pursue it. 
This workshop introduces you to an approach that helps you to do exactly that: building your own career vision and working towards achieving it. Rather than taking the passive approach to wait for your dream job to pop up on the job market, you learn strategies that put you into the driver’s seat of your own career and help you to work actively towards that dream job. The validity of the concept’s basic principle is widely proven. In this workshop, we adapt and extend it to meet the specific demands of junior scientists.

About the course:

The course combines a one-day interactive kickoff workshop with a self-study period and a follow-up one-on-one coaching (by teleconference). Within the workshop, to start off, you will get to know a number of techniques that will help you to find your sweet spot in the multidimensional career universe – after all, in order to get somewhere, you must first know your goal!  After that, we will focus on empowering methods for how to acquire your goals – from taking smart job decisions to strategically positioning yourself and, finally, to securing or creating your own next position.   During the self-study period, you will apply the methods you learned to work out further aspects of your career goals and take your first steps towards them. The follow-up one-on-one coaching session will give you the opportunity to get individual coaching on your plans, any open questions, the progress that you have made and on the next steps to take.

About the course leader:

Dr. Simone Cardoso de Oliveira is a professional career coach. Trained as a neuroscientist, she has many years of professional experience in diverse professional fields, ranging from research to management, from university to private companies, from development to sales, and from public employee to free-lancer. Career pathways and perspectives of (junior) scientists have always been a matter of heart to her.

Organizational issues:

Target group: Participants of the Bernstein Smart Start program.

Duration: Two half days (from noon to noon, one afternoon, one morning). 

Group Size: 6 - 10 participants.

Methods: Impulses by the course leader, discussions, group work, practical exercises, self-study material, one-on-one coaching.

Course Language: English



Lecturer: Dr. Simone Cardoso de Oliveira,
Sciedo Life Science Consulting, former member of the Bernstein Network

Date: October 12 - 13, 2017
Venue: Bernstein Center Freiburg (Hansastrasse 9a, D-79104 Freiburg i. Br.


The course is limited to maximally 10 participants!

Registration deadline:  September 29, 2017

Free registration.

More info & Registration: just contact Kathrin Hebert, Smart Start Coordination Office (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel. +49 761 203-9593, website