Transferable Skills Training

The TUM Graduate School offers a wide range of courses in six different comptence areas that support you as a doctoral candidate to further develop your transferable skills and expand your interdisciplinary experience. The courses are designed as an additional qualification during your doctorate and offer valuable orientation for your next career steps. 

As a doctoral candidate, you may have experienced that a doctorate can sometimes feel like a roller coaster ride: Great results and big achievements are occasionally chased by frustrations and fears. Sometimes it might feel challenging to stay positive over the long haul and not to let the pressure affect your well-being. However, we have great news for you: Every effort has its rewards.

Various mindfulness tools have been shown to create a better balance during these overwhelming times when it comes to overcoming obstacles that challenge you every day during your doctorate. Some aspects such as efficient time management, setting smart goals, but most importantly being kind to yourself are all part of a healthy doctoral journey.

To stay healthy and motivated, it is essential to find ways to create a wholesome work-life balance – not only during your doctorate. Therefore, we offer several additional courses this semester to help you find your very own path:

  • Stress Release for the Scientific Minded
  • Mental Health
  • Ergonomics at the (remote) workplace
  • Zeitmanagement: fokussiert arbeiten, effektiv promovieren
  • Find your Flow: zielgerichtet und motiviert promovieren

…and many more.

It seems to be undebatable that the business and the academic world are changing constantly and disruptively. During the past month we experienced how rapid and unexpected those changes can be. From one day to another, a huge part of our working and research life needed to be relocated into our homes for example. Now, we have the chance to draw conclusions from the (involuntary) trial period, and to shape the future business and academic world according to our experiences.

In our transferable skills program we added course topics that convey competencies that are needed in a new world of work. We also offer courses and talks where you can discuss and reflect what this “new normal” can look like and how you can actively contribute in the creation of a new work and research environment.

Additionally to our established courses, our transferable skills program will encompass courses like:

  • Running Successful Online Meetings
  • Visual Communication in Science
  • Coaching Skills for Academic Leaders
  • Mental Strength – The Art of Self-Motivation
  • Online Scientific Presentations
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership and Self-Empowerment

and many more.