MMMIGS Career Orientation

Webinar & Online Program

The Minds, Media, Machines Integrated Graduate School (MMMIGS) is hosting a career orientation webinar and online program for doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers. The one-hour webinar on the 13th of February will introduce the steps needed to identify a fitting career path within or outside of academia and to develop a concrete plan for pursuing that path. The subsequent ten weeks online program will accompany the participants in implementing these steps. It will take place in the period from the 22nd of March to the 31st of May 2023. Please find the exact dates and a detailed description of the contents below.


Doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers are eligible to participate in the webinar and/or the online program if they are members of a doctoral program in the MMMIGS network or if their supervisor is a member of the high-profile area Minds, Media, Machines (MMM). Please check your eligibility before registering and provide the corresponding program or working group in the registration form. In case of doubt, please contact MMMIGS coordinator Lena Wollschläger.


Portrait-Foto von Lena Wollschläger.

Dr. Lena Wollschläger
Graduate School Coordinator

+49 (0) 421 218 64443

The trainer

Your Career is like a never-ending experiment, be Curious, Explore and Enjoy the Re-Search.

Amani Said, PhD

Amani Said is on a mission to empower scientists in launching their dream careers and leveraging their Ph.D. to make a real IMPACT in our society. She completed her Ph.D. studies in Developmental Biology at the Max-Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany. Today, she is applying 16 years of experience as a scientist and educator to train scientists.

Amani has designed unique online career coaching programs specifically to support early researchers to develop successful careers. As a result of taking her programs, scientists create a strong professional identity, gain clarity about their skills, values, goals and which career path is ideal for them via learning all the necessary career development tools, while developing a growth mindset.

The webinar

During the webinar, participants will learn:

  • What they need to gain more clarity on their career path.
  • How to create a career vision & plan.
  • How to uncover their core values and main skills.
  • How to develop a growth-mindset to achieve any career goals they have in mind.

The online program

This program is delivered online as 8 live workshops and 2 live Q&A sessions over the course of 10 weeks. It accompanies the participants in

  • gaining more clarity on their career path,
  • creating a career vision & plan,
  • uncovering their core values and main skills, and
  • developing a growth-mindset to achieve any career goals they have in mind.

In addition to the live sessions, participant get access to an online course and an online community. The online course consists of videos with workbooks and exercises and complements the topics covered in the workshops (4 months access). The online community is a space to get feedback and coaching from the trainer and peers during the entire program and beyond (life-time access).

A common issue when people learn new information, is to take the information they learn and implement it to get results. This program will help participants overcome this common obstacle by setting up an accountability system. Participants will be matched up with accountability buddies, other scientists in the program, in order to support each other in taking imperfect consistent action on a regular basis throughout the program. This is also a very effective way to build a sense of community and a supportive culture for the local research community.


Week 0 Onboarding
Welcome Session: 
March 22, 10:00-10:30

Week 1 Career Vision & Mindset
Workshop: March 29, 10:00-12:00

Week 2 Goal Setting & Career Plan
Workshop: April 5, 10:00-12:00

Week 3 Identify Your Values
Workshop: April 12, 10:00-12:00

Week 4 Personality & Preferences
Workshop: April 19, 10:00-12:00

Week 5 Skills Assessment & Skill Development Plan
Workshop: April 26, 10:00-12:00

Week 6 Implementation Week
Q&A Session: May 3, 10:00-11:00

Week 7 Research Potential Career Matches
Workshop: May 10, 10:00-12:00

Week 8 Informational Interviews & Networking
Workshop: May 17, 10:00-12:00

Week 9 Implementation Week
Q&A Session: May 25 (Thursday!), 10:00-11:00

Week 10 Wrap Up & Next Steps
Workshop: May 31, 10:00-12:00


Registration is no longer possible. Please refer to our main site for upcoming workshops.