Competences and motives

This intensive 2-day course with afterwards an individual coaching session offers insight into career possibilities and helps you make choices for your future.

Target group

PhD candidates of Leiden University and the LUMC in their last year who want to reflect on their competences and motives related to making a decision on their the next step in their career.


You will gain insight into:

  • Competences, motives and career possibilities in relation to your present or future job
  • Pitfalls and challenges
  • Possibilities for improving your employability

Working method and course content

The course starts with a questionnaire as preparation.
During the course you will focus on questions as: what suits me, what am I good at, what gives me satisfaction and what gives me pleasure in my work. During the course additional concepts can be examined, such as talents, drivse and a competences quadrant. On the basis of career perspectives and motivation you will be able to make goal-oriented choices and to translate these into a personal profile.

You will also make a start on the development of your "personal brand". How do I present myself as a strong, distinctive and unique brand? You will get tips and advice for making a goal-oriented plan for your career. During the course you will receive personal feedback and tips for the future.

After the course you will have an appointment with the trainer for personal and professional feedback on planning your future as well as your personal profile.


Employees of Leiden University can register via Self service.

Others (Phd's from LUMC) can enrol by returning the completed and signed registration formto HRM Training and Development (scanned & by email or by post).

If the date of the course is no longer in the overview in Self Service, this means that the course if full. In that case you can register for the same course on another date.
If there are no dates available in the self service schedule, please send an email to As soon as there are enough people interested in the course, we will plan a new date and will let you know accordingly. 


2017 - course in English

2017/2: Tuesdays 9 May and 30 May, from 9.00-17.00 hours, 
individual appointment on 20 or 21 June (fully booked)

2017/3: Thursday 2 and 16 November, from 9.00 - 17.00 hours,
invividual appointment on 7 or 8 December

Venue: Academy Building/Faculty Club, Rapenburg 73, Leiden


The course amounts to 28 hrs in total, including attendance, preparation and homework.

Costs and cancellation

PhD candidates (Leiden University and LUMC): no charge.

Our cancellation rules apply to all courses. Cancellation within two weeks before the first course date means we have to charge a cancellation fee of € 200.

Course tutor

Mrs. M. (Marion) Miezenbeek, Qcoach, senior career counselor.

Any questions?

Experiences of participants

To give you an idea of how other participants have experienced this course, you will find below some quotes and the evaluation in marks.

Last Modified: 17-03-2017