Career advice


As doctoral graduates, there are many professional paths for you: for instance in the research community (by pursuing research at a university, at an independent research centre or in an R&D setting in the private sector), in universities (e.g. through research and technology transfer), in teaching (e.g. in a college of higher education) or in the worlds of business and non-commercial organisations (by using your skills and expertise to help them achieve their goals).

Doing a PhD is an important step in your professional career, whether you are planning to work in research in the long term or are looking to go down another road once you qualify.

You hold the keys to your career plan but if you feel lost, we can help you develop it and assist you in the construction of your professional project.

Whatever stage you have reached in your doctoral studies, it is important to think about your career plan as early as possible to ensure that you make the right decisions, thereby helping you to achieve your longer-term goals.

To help you develop your career plan and bring it to fruition, various services are at your disposal:

  • collective workshops (in FR and EN) on various topics relating to career development;

  • personal interviews (in FR) with career advisers specialising in PhD graduate employment;

  • a document centre (in FR) with ample resources to answer your questions and help you get started;

  • specialised evants such as Net@Work (in FR): meeting with doctors about their doctoral path, their professional trajectory and their job search advice.

UCLouvain is an active member of the European Euraxess network. This European Commission initiative brings together some 40 Member States and Associated States to promote and facilitate the mobility and career development of researchers.

The objective? Contribute to the establishment of excellent scientific research in Europe.

What added value does this network offer for researchers?  A better visibility of the opportunities to be seized to develop their careers.

To learn more about Euraxess, click here


Good to know!

  • Need to strengthen your skills in order to build your professional project? Click here;

  • Are you interested in pursuing a career at UCLouvain

  • Do you need to submit a request for equivalence of a PhD you obtained abroad (thesis-based doctoral degree)? See the procedure to be followed.

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