Support and advice

First circle of mentors

If you’re starting out on an academic career, your first step should be to talk with your supervisor and senior colleagues about the opportunities in your disciplinary area. What do they recommend? What are the norms for CVs, funding, recruitment processes? What’s their advice for getting you where you need to be?


So much to do, so very little time

The postdoctoral stage is a perfect storm of limited time, limited funding, and major life events: a feeling you’re standing at a career crossroads. It can be difficult to find time to look ahead and reflect on your current and future situation, on your next steps, and thus on your priorities.

There are places you can start:

  • Download the postdoc’s self-assessment questionnaire to self-evaluate your current activities, achievements and goals, and discuss them with a supportive senior researcher, using the accompanying feedback guide.
  • Download the template for an academic CV.
  • Consult the brochure Beyond the doctorate, a guide for advanced doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.
  • Take part in one of the Graduate Campus workshops.
  • Contact the Graduate Campus to arrange a personal appointment with our career development specialist (

and with our UNIL partners:

You’ll find further advice at Chronicle Vitae and at Nature Jobs. And a podcast on professional development for the academic path with Helium.


Peer mentoring

Last but not least, since nearly everybody around you has the same questions about careers, your peers may help you directly or indirectly. They may have projects or experiences on how to approach this issue that may help you. In addition, some faculty doc and postdoc associations organize career-themed events.

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