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Research Academy

Self- and Career Competence

Many of the competences that fall into this area of our competency model are important prerequisites for successfully coping with everyday academic life and day-to-day work in a corporate context. However, this not about mastering technical knowledge or applying new research methods, but rather about organising one's daily work, structuring oneself, planning further steps in a well-founded and realistic way, as well as dealing coherently with one's own resources and setting achievable goals within the framework of one's own career development. The services offered by JMU therefore support you in

  • identifying personal strenghts and interests and detecting hidden potentials.
  • clarifying professional goals and developing concrete steps for the planning of your career.
  • preparing for the application process within and outside academia.
  • dealing with professional challenges in a conscious, active and creative way.
  • implementing an effective time management in your everyday work routine.
  • finding a coherent way of dealing with your own resources.
  • exploring your professional understanding of roles.

Dimensions of Self & Career Competences:


  • Analytical and conceptual thinking as well as self-motivation and self-reflection are important skills that enable one to deal efficiently with new challenges and tasks. In addition to consultations, various workshops offer different opportunities to self-reflect on one's own behaviour.
  • Innovation capability is essential in science. If you want to develop these ideas into a start-up idea, the SFT team will be happy to support you.
  • Resilience and endurance


  • Orientation towards problem-solving
  • Ability to prioritise
  • Time management
  • Ability to change
  • Decision-making ability
  • Work-Life-Balance

These are all competences that you should have in order to organise your work effectively and efficiently. We would be happy to work with you on the points you would like to improve and support you with consultations and workshops.


  • Career planning, further development and training: Feel free to contact us at any time and we will discuss with you individually which measures are suitable or which of your competences can be further strengthened.
  • Recognise and make use of opportunities. We support you and provide you with methods that can help you in these situations.
  • Networking. In cooperation with the JMU Alumni Office, we support you in establishing your network through various types of events or mentoring.
  • Reputation und visibility

Services of JMU supporting your self- and career management:

Offers of JMU Research Academy

  • Scientists at JMU can be individually advised on concerns regarding professional development in coaching sessions held over a certain period of time
  • Mentoring connects researchers at the University of Würzburg with experienced national and international scientists and managers from business and society.
  • Scientists at JMU can expand their skills in the area of self- and career management in specific training sessions.

Additional contact points

  • CAREER CENTRE:Enrolled doctoral students can take advantage of the advisory services and events offered by the Career Centre of the University of Würzburg.
  • University of Würzburg Graduate Schools (UWGS): The schools of the UWGS offer lectures and workshops for their members regarding interdisciplinary qualification in the field of self and career management.
  • SCIENTIA: The program supervises the career development of junior researchers at JMU.

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