Life during and after a PhD or Postdoc

About academia and business
Online Workshop and Inspiration Session on Transferable Skills

Please note: This workshop will be held online! So do not hesitate to register

As a PhD student or Postdoc it can be difficult to identify what skills you have. The other way around, as an executive it might be difficult to connect to academic skills sets. Come and get to know your skills and how to improve them to increase your value as a researcher and a labor market candidate.


Because “The best way to predict the Future is to create it.” (Peter Drucker)

Find out how you can shape your future in the annual PhD and Postdoc Day on transferable skills. Will you move beyond academia? Or did you come from business? And how can your experience benefit you now and in the future?

This day is organized as a cooperation between the Antwerp Management School (AMS) and the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSW). It is open for PhD students and Postdocs of FSW and executive PhD students of AMS. The morning session is conceptualized as a workshop and the afternoon session will be a testimony. Over lunch you can discuss your thoughts and experiences. The day will end with a networking session between FSW and AMS.

Program overview

9 am – 9.45 am Online start-up
9.45 am – 10 am Welcome by David Gijbels vice-dean research FSW
10 am – 12 Sofie Jacobs, workshop
12 – 1 pm Lunch
1 pm – 2 pm Maka De Lameilleure, testimony
2 pm – 3.30 pm networking session
3.30 pm – 3.45 pm Closing

Program Details

10 am – 12: Sofie Jacobs, workshop. Sometimes it's difficult for PhD students to identify what skills they have since the academic experience is not necessarily focused on articulating skill sets. The other way around, starting a PhD as an executive makes it sometimes difficult to connect to academic skills sets. Knowing your skills and improving them, will help you increase your value as a researcher and future labor market candidate. Sofie Jacobs,  will bring an interactive session for both the UA and AMS PhD candidates, starting from a theoretical HR perspective, with focus on transferable skills, from a PhD or business context, in order to improve your employability.

Sofie Jacobs is a senior researcher and lecturer HRM at Antwerp Management School and the University of Antwerp. She studied Pedagogical Sciences at the University of Ghent and Human Resource Management at the Antwerp Management School. In 2017 she obtained her PhD at the University of Antwerp. Sofie's current research includes sustainable careers, both from an individual and organizational perspective. In addition, she has a special focus on the creative industry as a sector and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) as a research method.

13-14u: Maka De Lameilleure will be presenting the case of her own PhD and how she used the skills obtained during her PhD journey in her later career. This will be an inspiring session on how skills acquired during the PhD can be transferred to a business and again, to a research environment.

Maka De Lameilleure graduated as a civil engineer (electrical engineering) from the Technical University Dresden (DE) and the Georgian Technical University (GE). She started her career at the Technical University of Berlin (DE) and worked on her PhD in the domain of Synthetic Stereoscopics at the Heinrich Hertz Institute (the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft) in Berlin (1990-1999). Within the framework of her PhD, Maka researched quality perception among consumers and the connection between technology, customer and user experience.
In 1998 Maka switched her academic career for a career in the design industry and she started the Video & Audio Perception group within the R&D department of Philips High End TV in Bruges (BE), Knoxville (US) and Singapore.
In 2007 she co-founded Flanders Inshape. In this competence center concerning product development and industrial design she became the first employee and general director. With her team and stakeholders, she built up a research portfolio of more than 45 (research) projects on methodology of User Centered Innovation, Experience Design, Service Design, Design Thinking, Innovation Management, Business Transformation and Business Modelling.
Since the integration of Flanders Inshape in Antwerp Management School on January 1st, 2016, Maka Delameilleure is Head of Expertise Centers and Knowledge Networks and Director of Expertise Center Business Design & Innovation.

Practical information

Where? cyberspace... Blackboard Collaborate

When? 22 April 2020, 9 am – 3.45 pm

Language? English/Dutch (choose your preference upon registration)

Registration? Registration is free but places are limited! So be quick to register. (before 15/04)

Participants will receive a link to join us online in BB Collaborate. 

More information?

For all your questions, one address: 

San Verhavert