To give early career scientist the opportunity to learn about careers outside academia and to develop their own scientific network, CEPLAS has established the "Speed Dating with Industry" event in spring 2016. During one day, early career researchers and external participants (e.g. industry representatives, scientists, project managers, group leaders or patent attorneys) exchange information on science and career planning in individual short meetings in a Speed Dating-mode.
At the second CEPLAS Career Speed Dating on April 7th, 13 representatives from various different professional fields met with the same number of CEPLAS early career researchers at the “Haus der Universität” in Düsseldorf. The aim of the CEPLAS Career Speed Dating is to give early career scientists the opportunity to learn about professional careers in- and outside academia, and to help them in making their own career plans.
The meeting started with introductions of all invited speakers where they gave short, very personal insights into their career paths and on the decisions, hurdles and curiosities they encountered during their career. After the presentations, representatives and researchers came together for individual short face-to-face meetings, where they were completely free to discuss whatever was relevant to them. In addition, the representatives gave individual feedback on the Curricula Vitae of all early career researchers to help them improve their CVs for future applications.
Apart from one-to-one meetings, the event was also a good chance for our early career researchers to extend their professional network as well as for the invited guests to meet and get to know potential future employees and present their organization as an attractive employer.
Based on the final feedback, all participants enjoyed the meeting and the opportunity to discuss in a comfortable, informal environment.
"It is very useful to spend time to share experiences with early or experienced professionals. There are similar challenges and questions along the road of our career. Plus meeting persons live helps to print out the message and create the connections."
Dr. Lucie Cardon (Dümmen Orange)