Thursday, 01. June 2023 [9:00 - 15:30]

The course is addressed to first stage researchers (before dissertation and with completed master's degree) and early postdocs.


Explore reasons for early career researchers to be on the fence about academia
Learn about supportive structures & good working conditions in academia
Determine what is needed individually to feel confident about staying in academia long-term
Become aware of your passions and discuss skills acquired during a research career which are applicable for careers outside academia
Work out individual solutions on how to handle feeling unsure


Early career researchers are very productive, but initially have not much job security. Knowing that being passionate and hard-working might not be enough to be able to stay in academia, long-term can make you question if this is the right path for you. An open space to discuss the question “Should I stay or should I go” can be helpful at any time during your predoc and postdoc phase.

The workshop is open to everyone interested in this topic. The target group are persons willing to participate in an open exchange and collaborative sharing of common challenges and possible solutions. The workshop progresses by the group together exploring six answers to the question in the title: How to handle being unsure about your academic career?


Lecture; discussion in groups of 2-3 in breakout rooms; individual exercises; plenary discussion

Group size: max. 15 participants

The workshop will take place online via uniMEET.

Dr. Johanna Stadlbauer
coordinates the PostDoc Office at the University of Graz. She has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and has previously worked in equality and diversity promotion as well as violence prevention.

Info for registration

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The participation is free of charge.
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