The end goal of a PhD is clear: write a book or, say, 4 papers. But how to get there, how to present your work well, and how to get others to read and discuss your work involves many skills. Skills that we can practice and learn about how to acquire them. Although a certain planning strategy might not work for anyone, it is good to know about different strategies. It is also good to know that others sometimes struggle with aspects of academic life and how they cope with it.

The pragmatic academic workspace wants to address these questions and more practical issues of doing a PhD.

As not everyone will face the same struggles, and some will already have developed certain skills, there will be a package where the PhD’s can choose those modules that can help them best.

Writing Skills

  • Structuring the thesis
  • Choosing between writing articles or a book
  • Getting organized / how to structure the writing of sections and chapters
  • Using referencing software
  • How to write an abstract
  • Online presence (blogs, twitter, …) 


Presentation skills

  • How to make a presentation
  • Presentation skills
  • Voice techniques
  • Asking questions at talks
  • Mock talks/presentations
  • Preparing for the FÖP
  • Preparing for the defense


Organizational skills

e.g. working independently, taking initiative, time-management.

  • How to cope with stress
  • Motivation
  • Planning your PhD
  • Managing expectations (of oneself and by others)
  • What to do on a day-to-day basis
  • Apply for funding
  • Organizing a workshop of conference


Interpersonal skills

e.g. ability to work with or motivate others, flexibility/adaptability.

  • Co-authorship (expectations, duties, things you need to settle in advance)
  • Sharing and commenting on work in progress
  • How to participate in meetings/boards


After the PhD

  • Non-academic careers
  • Post-Doc Project proposal opportunities and writing grant proposals
  • Mock interviews