PhD, What next ?
The number of PhDs awarded in Switzerland has grown considerably in recent years. Although a PhD is essential for an academic career, only a limited number of PhD students end up working in academia.
Before you start a PhD, it's therefore a good idea to think about what you might want to do afterwards. A range of resources are available to help you learn about the options available to you after your PhD, draw up a career plan and find out about other students’ experiences.
The University of Geneva, like other universities, has put in place a number of programs to support the next generation of researchers. We run various workshops and programs and provide career advice for young researchers. Each faculty also provides career support to its PhD students and postdocs. Another great way of learning from other people’s experiences is to join one of the university’s PhD or postdoc associations.
The Young Academics portal is a joint initiative run by several Swiss universities. It provides PhD students with advice, references and resources throughout their doctoral studies. It also offers a wealth of information for anyone thinking about doing a PhD.
Through our university-wide mentoring program, we offer advice and support to around ten up-and-coming female researchers, helping them to strengthen their research profile, gain insight into the academic world and become part of the university community.
This network is designed for women in research. The program is run by the equal opportunity teams at the Universities of Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne and Neuchâtel, and EPFL.
Mentoring puts a young researcher (the mentee) in contact with an experienced researcher in the same field (the mentor). This one-on-one exchange is an opportunity for the mentee to get references, strategies and other useful information on the formal and informal rules governing an academic career.
The mentoring program is designed for PhD students who have already made significant progress in their research, as well as postdocs and researchers who have not yet become professors.