Graduate Education

Transferable Skills-Set for a Successful Career

Scientific education and academic experience do not necessarily lead to a skill set that supports career development in science, industry or commerce. To give our PhD students the ability to transfer their academic knowledge to non-academic contexts we set up the PRISMA Graduate Program.

The Program offers a variety of courses that support our doctoral candidates to further develop their transferable skill set. It is designed as an additional qualification during their doctorate at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz and it covers two areas: 

    1. A Skill Set for Research Environment

        Hands-on project: "DIY-PRISMA Research Symposium", including

      • Basics of event management: Forward-looking planning and organization
      • Basics of fundraising: Introduction in fundraising landscape and appropriate tools
      • Basics of successful teamwork

      In 2016 the PRISMA Research Symposium is organized by PhD students who do their doctorate in theoretical or experimental particle physics. In its first year 2017 the symposium is designed as an interactive event that brings together senior and young researchers from various fields in particle physics e.g. Flavor Physics, Dark Matter or String Theory. The 3-day symposium will take place in Mainz in February 2017.

      2. Skill Set for Career Management

      Workshop: "Leadership and Management Skills"
      Professional Development for Young Scientists (ProDYS)

      Intensive 3 day workshop, Exercise based learning 
      18th, 19th and 20th of January 2017 
      MAINZ Seminarraum, Staudingerweg 9, 3rd floor, room 122

      We believe that leadership skills, essential for today's challenges in scientific work, can be acquired and developed. Our goal is to enable scientists to productively deal with challenges related to interpersonal aspects of doing science.

      In this practical course, designed specifically for Grad Students, you will learn how to:

      • Work in teams more productively
      • Establish and maintain collaboration
      • Negotiate better (e.g. authorship)
      • Deal with conflicts more professionally
      • Manage your boss relationship
      • Organise your work better by: setting goals, setting priorities, delegating
      • Design a competence portfolio of transferable skills for future career

      What makes it important? 
      Why should be leadership relevant to grad students?

      Leadership skills are typically connected to hierarchical positions, which is undeniably true. We deem, however, leadership skills to be a prerequisite for success in a multitude of professional situations such as attending/leading meetings, attending/leading projects, working in collaborations and not to forget the area of selfmanagement. Mastering those areas is key to success.

      This will be major topics during the Workshop

      • Setting the frame
      • Professional roles
      • Key communication skills
      • Dealing with different personalities
      • Setting good goals
      • Setting priorities
      • Solving conflicts
      • Negotiation skills
      • Designing a competence portfolio

      How you will be working during the Workshop - Workshop Framework

      Short theoretical inputs are followed by extensive exercises. Our goal is to increase the impact of the training by allowing you to immediately apply the concepts we teach in partner work, case studies or group discussion.

      Who should attend?

      This workshop addresses grad students of the mentMAINZ programme. The size of the group is strictly limited to 16 people.

      Your trainer team

      Romilde Manzoni Ph.D. & Hilde Janssens, Ph.D. (hfp consultants, Barcelona)


      Workshop: "Application and Assessment"

      Intensive 2 day workshop, Exercise based learning 
      11th and 12th of May 2017 
      MAINZ seminar room, Staudingerweg 9, 3rd floor, room 122

      Your benefits from participation

      • Learning how to read job descriptions accurately – classifying the company
      • Developing a targeted application strategy
      • Learning about selection criteria for applicants in business and industry
      • Getting to know various methods and tasks used in selection procedures
      • Testing your own performance in concrete AC tasks and receiving detailed feedback
      • Gaining insights into your strengths and weaknesses and thus being able to utilise your abilities more effectively in a real situation

      Workshop Framework

      Throughout the workshop, professional input from the trainer will alternate with practical exercises and group work on different relevant issues. Each participant receives a script with in-depth information, checklists and worksheets, all of which can be used after the workshop for further reflection and as an aide to applying the knowledge gained. If the group consist of international and German participants, the working language will be English. However, individual exercises can also be held in German. If the group consists only of German students, the working language will be German.

      Workshop Participants

      The workshop is most useful for students in the last year of their PhD-program. In order to assure that the workshop is targeted to fit the precise needs of the group, we ask the participants to fill out a questionnaire about their needs and expectations. In this way we are able to take the individual situation of each participant into account. 
      MAINZ recommendation: Within the 3rd year /last year of your doctorate!

      Trainer Profile

      Dipl. Psych. Dipl. Päd. Monika Puls-Rademacher, uni-support

      • More than 20 years of professional experience in a global player company of Life-Science Business, responsible for Global Personnel Development & Recruiting, Global Training
      • Consultant for Human Resources Business, Leadership Development, Potential Diagnostics, Career Coaching on national and international level, in Business and at Universities

      Workshop: "Poster Design"
      Creating your reputation and enlarging your scientific network

      Recommended for your first year of your PHD time with MAINZ

      Intensive 1 day workshop 
      Exercise based learning 
      29th of September 2017
      9:30 am until 5:30 pm
      MAINZ seminar room, Staudingerweg 9, 3rd floor, room 122

      In particular for doctoral students, presentations of research findings on posters offer a good opportunity for introducing their own work at conferences in a focused manner and engaging a scientific dialogue. This entails two challenges: On the one hand the poster should be designed to that it “works” without an in-person explanation and represents the reponsilble individuals in a positive manner. On the other, the objective of the actual poster session is to clearly illustrate one’s own expertise without seeming arrogant or unsure of oneself. Many long-standing research co-operation groups started in front of poster boards.