ADVANCE career coaching webinar – Speak about your skills

Date & Time 10 November 2022, 1:00-2:00 PM CET
Location Online

ADVANCE is an innovative and focused learning programme for future advanced therapies developers. This career coaching webinar of the last ADVANCE Webinar series will focus on how to best show your skills.

Join us on 10 November to:
✅ Learn how to know what brings you in flow
✅ Learn how to find proof for your skills
✅ Learn how to find different ways to note down your skills in your CV
✅ Learn how to speak about your USPs


 Nicole Wedell von Leupoldt, Connecting Young Researchers & the Job Market @ Career Center KU Leuven

Nicole’s first CV was good enough to become a founding member of a university in Hamburg, Germany. Once the university was set up, she and her colleague established the Career Development Office, where they put together a series of training sessions for the international students to pursue their career in Germany, needless to say that CV and motivation letter writing was one of the pillars. As a Career Advisor at a Belgian Business School for MBA students and later as a freelance Career Development Coach and trainer for international talent coming to Belgium, CV and motivation letter advise have always been a bigger part of her working. Now, at the Career Center for PhDs and postdocs at the University of Leuven, the focus regarding CV advise has shifted to transforming typical academic CVs to selling business CVs.

Merel Ackx, Career Development Advisor & Senior Career Coach @Career Center KU Leuven

Before becoming a career coach in 2008, Merel obtained a Master’s degree in research psychology at KU Leuven and worked subsequently in research/academia, for the classical radio of the national broadcast company VRT and as a clinical psychologist in psychiatry. She learned by doing: how can I convince my future employer of my talents and motivation while adapting my CV and motivation letter to each new challenge? Her developed career skills and experience suited her well together with a passion for coaching and training people in becoming a career coach in HR. After building up expertise in this field at Arabel, a pioneer in career coaching located in Brussels, she returned to her first employer, KU Leuven, where she set up the YouReCa Career Center beginning of 2014 which has now grown to become a reference point for career coaching and training for young researchers. Ever since she has coached researchers in their careers, in communication skills and in well-being.

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This webinar is brought to you by the ADVANCE Project, co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union.


ADVANCE is a 30-month EU training project, supported by Erasmus Plus with the objective to develop a 3-stage blended learning programme to support early-career biomedical scientists in developing currently missing scientific knowledge, transversal skills and competences to meet the key challenge areas existing in the ATMP development cycle.

The “next generation of ATMP developers” – i.e. early-career biomedical academics (PhDs, Postdocs), including doctors in training, clinician-scientists and SME-based professionals,  who are considered to be an important component of the labour market and the critical intermediaries of the ATMP development pipeline – are the core target group for the three-stage blended learning programme foreseen by ADVANCE.

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