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Adoc provides training courses dedicated

to the professional development of PhDs

We help PhDs promote their skills and explore their opportunities

Distance training

In this period of containment due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are continuing all of our operations remotely, including our training activities. 
We offer several adapted training courses as webinars of various formats. Although academic facilities and labs remain closed, we continue to support PhD candidates and PhDs in their professional development. Our training courses are interactive and interspersed with opportunities for discussion, offering a much-needed space for socialization during this period of isolation.

We use a platform that allows many interactive features, subgroup exercises in "virtual rooms", whiteboards, polls, word clouds, and more.
*In order to participate in good conditions, participants must have a computer connected to the internet with sound, a microphone and a webcam.


Interactive Online Workshops

Techniques to assess and promote your skills 



Help participants develop their critical thinking skills, anticipate the different stages of their career, and succeed in entrance exams to higher education and academic research institutions.


> Understanding the concept of competencies

> Assessing one's own skills acquired from varied experiences

> Monitoring skill development

> Valuing your skills and your PhD

Understanding the recruitment process from a recruiter's perspective



Provide participants with an appreciation of the key issues, methods and expectations of a recruiter in order to optimize their profile as a candidate.


Introduction to recruitment through a role-playing game where PhD candidates take on the role of recruiters, learning how to define skills needs and prepare an interview scenario. They then learn to communicate as future candidates, as their profiles may not be well understood to non-expert recruiters.

Building and optimizing your CV



Enable participants to design CVs tailored to each job offer they apply for, with the aim of getting more interviews.


Understand the importance of the CV in the recruitment process: 

> The steps in the recruitment process

> Understand how recruiters search for candidates and select CVs

> Know how to find and read job offers to prepare a CV


Tips for building a convincing CV: 

> Know the basic principles and improve your CV, section by section.

> Know how to make the most of your skills and your PhD

> Adapting your CV to your career plan, and to each offer (case study)

Building your LinkedIn profile



Provide participants with an understanding of social media in relation to their own Professional objectives, notably in order to be visible and accessible to potential recruiters, and to develop theirown network.


> How recruiters use LinkedIn

> Crafting an impactful LinkedIn profile

> Defining your objectives

> Building and optimizing a profile

> Developing your network with LinkedIn

Trends in the PhD job market



Provide participants with an overview of their job market, and a methodology to inform themselves according to their profile and career plan in order to better grasp opportunities.


A few examples of key factors, trends and figures to remember about the PhD job market. 

Focus on fast-growing jobs and emerging business sectors, impact of digital transformation on PhD employment. Methodological inputs on the most effective job search techniques and advice on how to identify adequate 

job opportunities.

Case study and debriefing on the lessons

PhDs: which competencies for which jobs?


Enable participants to learn how to understand a job in terms of

competencies and to assess their own interests.


Using job descriptions developed by Adoc Talent Management, participants discover career options and project themselves within different work environments.

> Have they properly identified the work activities and competencies?

> During their PhD, do they engage in work activities similar to those in the job descriptions, others that are 

completely different?

> What could they like (or dislike) about these jobs?

> What skills do they possess that are relevant to these jobs?

Strategies for a career in higher education or academic research



Help PhD candidates develop their critical thinking skills, anticipate the different stages of their career, and succeed in entrance exams to higher education and academic research institutions.


Overview of the various career paths open to PhDs in higher education and academic research.


Analysis of competitive recruitment procedures associated with each career path, with emphasis on the selection criteria.

Participants reflect on their current strengths and limitations in relation to the competition in question.


Using a chart and a set of questions, they define their strategy for complimentary research/teaching experiences to flesh out their profile (researcher/postdoc; choice of lab and country; subject maturity; additional responsibilities; number of target publications...).

Assessing the needs of businesses


Demonstrate participants that they can understand and tackle business challenges, and how their skills can be relevant in this respect.


This workshop aims to confront PhD candidates and recent PhDs with real-life challenges outside the academic sector, which they must assess from different perspectives in order to recommend appropriate solutions.

Participants take stock of the business-ready skills they have developed throughout their PhD, and their relevance in resolving business issues. The goal is, on the one hand, to show how PhD competencies can be transferred in varied sectors, and on the other hand to exemplify situations where PhDs provide valuable input.

Working remotely with digital tools



Explore digital tools useful for research activities and select the most appropriate ones.


Participants first identify their uses, difficulties and needs related to digital tools in the context of working remotely. This covers collaborative content production or sharing, collective and individual organization, communication, and meetings or means of assisting team members.

The training consultant will present ready-to-use tools and will conduct small exercises in sub-groups to identify their strengths and limitations.

At the end of the training, each participant will select one to three tools relevant to their identified priorities, considering the following:

> What are the needs of PhD candidates for effective remote working?

> What are the tools best suited to research activities while serving the priorities identified by the PhD candidate?

> Where to start? What to choose? How to get started?

> Discussion on practices and experiences with other PhDs, PhD candidates.

> Identifying key concerns to keep in mind (data security, scientific integrity, compatibility, etc.)

Do not hesitate to contact us for more information!

Adoc Talent Management offers training workshops for doctoral students, PhDs and research staff on various topics related to career development. Some of our courses can also be adapted to supervisors and teams.​

Our workshops equip participants with the tools they need to define and implement a realistic and personal professional project. The possible career paths of the participants are at the intersection of three spheres, which our training workshops cover.

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We believe in active learning and knowledge exchange between participants; all our training courses are interactive, including practical assignments, case studies and role-playing related to their daily lives.

Training courses dedicated to the professional development of PhDs

  • Design a personal and realistic career plan

  • Identify and promote your skills

  • Create your digital identity and engage in networking

  • Enhance your CV and cover letter

  • Design a unique and effective LinkedIn profile

  • Get set for a job interview

  • Prepare yourself for international mobility

  • Locate attractive post-PhD career opportunities

  • And many more

Customizeable, adaptable workshops

Each training can be adapted to each request according to:

  • the profile of the participants (disciplines, professions, level of experience) 

  • specific requests

  • expectations expressed in the pre-training survey sent to the participants.

We also offer special events which combine training workshops into a custom-made program tailored to your needs:

  • Career day: interactive workshops to explore the job market

  • Job dating: a full day of one-on-one meetings with PhDs and recruiters

We are always attentive to your specific needs. We can design tailor-made courses to meet the specific needs of the participants' work environment.

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