Project ME

Taking control of your academic career by taking control of yourself
Campus woudestein in de zomer

As a young researcher life and work can be challenging. It can be hard to decide which direction you want to go. You might ask yourself, am I on track? It can be difficult to work together with other parties and be a team with your supervisor. To keep all balls in the air you need to practice personal leadership.

Even when everything is going well now, it is always healthy to understand yourself a little better, for when you DO hit a rough patch.

In this course “Project ME”, you will investigate your most valuable instrument, you. By having a better understanding of yourself, you’ll be able to manage yourself through the struggles and challenges during your PhD time. These can be related to; time- and stress management, creating more happiness and wellbeing at work or having a healthy work-life balance. You’ll learn how you stand in your own way and what to do about it. Getting rid of the obstacles, so you can flourish as a researcher.

End results of this course:

  • You have knowledge of and recognize the factors that influence wellbeing, happiness at work and workload
  • You have an understanding of what makes you happy at work and how you can work on your own wellbeing and stress management.
  • You have a basic understanding of time management and how to create a healthy work-life balance.
  • You have learned to reflect on yourself and set and maintain personal goals.
  • You are aware of the possibilities for in-dept study of the topics discussed (within the university).

You have an understanding of your personality traits and work values, allowing you to connect the interpretation to your present work situation and career path (assessment & report and individual counseling.

Practical information

Date22 March, 19 April & 17 May 2024
Duration3 x 3,5 hours
LocationEUR Woudestein
Costs€ 150 per participant
Target groupPhD candidates

This course consists of three meetings at the university. It is a mix of theory and practice. We work in an interactive way and there will be plenty of room to experiment. During interactive exercises we investigate our own behavior, beliefs, values, qualities and driving factors. We connect the insights to our day-to-day life. Between each session you’ll receive an assignment to investigate yourself and your personal goals more in-dept.

Included in this course are two assessments focusing on personality traits and work values, accompanied by an individual counseling session.

The insight, theory, models and tips and tricks will help you to become the leader of your time as a PhD researcher.

Subjects we cover during this course:
  • Personal goal setting
  • Happiness @ Work
  • Peer support and other resources
  • Time management
  • Work-life balance
  • Stress management
  • Energy gainers and drainers
  • Feedback and reflection
  • Personal plan of action

Empathy, networking skills, presentation, planning and organization, progress monitoring, results orientation, initiative, entrepreneurship, delegation, stress tolerance, and self-reflection.

Ron de Jong is a senior coach and trainer specialized in personal efficacy and happiness at work.

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