Career choices: What to do after the PhD
Junior legal scholars often struggle not only with finding an academic position after graduating but also with the decision to stay in academia or pursue other career opportunities. For many, it is also unclear what other options they should consider and what steps they should take. “Career choices: What to do after the PhD” invites all ICON-S scholars, regardless of career stage, for a lively discussion on career choices. This event aims to talk about the different paths that scholars can take when finishing their theses. The main goal is to promote a panel where both undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate scholars feel welcome to share experiences, lessons learned, and pieces of advice they wished someone had given them. The discussion will be moderated by two guests: Dr. Stéphanie De Somer and Dr. Wendelin Neubert. Stéphanie and Wendelin both have an academic background in Comparative Public Law but they have decided to pursue different paths after concluding their PhDs. Stéphanie is currently an Assistant Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the University of Antwerp. She combines her academic career with the position of Associate at a prominent Brussels law firm (Van Olmen & Wynant). After graduating from the University of Freiburg with a PhD in Constitutional and Public International Law from the Freiburg Max Planck Institute, Wendelin practised law at a well-known law firm in Berlin (Noerr) and he is now a full-time start-up entrepreneur in the field of legal education tech. His startup Jurafuchs (www.jurafuchs.de) developed a popular mobile phone and tablet application which helps law students study for university and the German State exams as well as professionals to keep up with current jurisprudence. This social event aims to raise awareness for the availability of different paths besides academia and share some tips that junior scholars wishing to stay in academia may want to consider at an early stage.