Practical Dialogue on Non-University Career Paths
Wirtschaftskolleg offers an annual platform to doctoral and postdoctoral researchers where you can meet distinguished representatives from business and society and learn about the many possibilities of a career outside university.
What Does Wirtschaftskolleg Offer?
Wirtschaftskolleg offers you first-hand information and insights on career opportunities in business and society. Enter into a dialog with a panel of UA Ruhr alumni and HR experts about a career outside academia after a doctorate. The invited experts talk about their individual experiences, challenges and exemplify possible non-university career paths and are pleased to exchange with you on career opportunities.
Wirtschaftskolleg begins with a short, thought-provoking kick-off speech for participants of all subject fields. Subsequently, parallel panels for the humanities and social sciences, life sciences and natural sciences, and engineering sciences are geared to the specific needs for each group’s career planning features.
Who Can Participate?
Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers of all subject fields of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University, and the University of Duisburg-Essen.
The official language at Wirtschaftskolleg is usually German. However, depending on topics and invited experts, exceptions are possible.
Save the date: The next Wirtschaftskolleg will take place on 14 November 2022.
Take a look at our archive to find out more about previous Wirtschaftskollegs. The event series was established by the Research School in 2009 and has been held jointly at RAR since 2018.
On 23 November 2020, the Wirtschaftskolleg took place online via Zoom. The event began with an interdisciplinary keynote speech on the topic of compatibiltiy of family and career by Prof. Anja Abendroth. In the three panel discussions that followed, participants were able to exchange ideas with employees from e.g. innogy, Evonik, the Ministry of Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and 3M, for example, on entry opportunities and career prospects after the doctorate. Here you can find the program of the three panels: Humanities, Engineering, Natural- and Lifesciences.
On 11 November 2019, the Wirtschaftskolleg started with an interdisciplinary keynote speech on the topic of leadership by Frank Kamp (Head of the Human Resources and Social Affairs Division at the Emschergenossenschaft and Lippeverband water management associations). Within the following three panel discussions participants debated with employees from e.g. Bayer AG, thyssenkrupp, Porsche AG and Hans Böckler Stiftung on working experiences and career options outside university. Here you can find the program of the three panels: Humanities, Engineering, Natural- and Lifesciences.
On 26 November 2018, participants had the opportunity to exchange with alumni and representatives from business and society about non-university career opportunities after the doctorate. The event started with an interdisciplinary lecture on "Global, digital: How companies work & what they expect from us?" by Algar Rother. Here you can find the program of the three panel discussions: Humanities, Engineering, Natural- and Lifesciences.
Accompanying the job fair on RUB Campus in April 2018, the Wirtschaftskolleg took place on 17 and 18 April. The three paneldiscussions debated the question "with a doctorate fit for a non-university career?" with employees e.g. from Boehringer Ingelheim, TÜV Rheinland AG and German Academic Scholarship Foundation. Here you can find the program of the three panel discussions: Humanities, Engineering, Natural- and Lifesciences. The panel for Engineering was carried out in cooperation with ELLI2.
The Wirtschaftskolleg for Humanities took place on 24 November. Participants could debate with employees of e.g. Mercator Foundation, Porsche AG and PHYSEC GmbH within a paneldiscussion on career paths outside universitiy after a doctorate. Here you can find the program.
On 21 September 2017 the Wirtschaftskolleg for Engineering took place in cooperation with ELLI2. Participants debated with employees e.g. from Evonik Industries, KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH and BP on ways "with doctorate to dream job" moderated by Prof. Beate Bender. Here you can find the program.
On 11 May 2017 the Wirtschaftskolleg for Natural- and Lifesciences took place. During the paneldiscussion moderated by Nicole Rüth, participants debated with employees e.g. from Evonik Industries, IT Security at Volkswagen and BP on career perspectives outside university. Here you can find the program.
The Wirtschaftskolleg for Humanities took place on 25 November 2016 with impuls talks by employees e.g. of Hans-Böckler-Stifung, Hessian State Archives and RUB International Office. The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Anika Limburg. Here you can find the program.
On 24 November the Wirtschaftskolleg for Humanities took place with a panel discussion on "career requirements in economy
and public sector" with employees from e.g. Friedrich-Naumann Foundation, German Academic Scholarship Foundation and Quadruple International GmbH. Here you can find the program.
As part of ScieCon 2015 on 12 November the Wirtschaftskolleg for Natural- and Lifescience took place with a paneldiscussion on "chances and risks of a career in economy" with employees from e.g. Miltenyi Biotec GmbH and Qiagen. Here you can find the program.
On 18 November the Wirtschaftskolleg for Humanities took place. Participants debated with employees from e.g. Funke Media Group, Deloitte and HRS Germany on a paneldiscussion moderated by Dr. Patricia Schütte. Here you can find the program.
The Wirtschaftkolleg on 29 April started with an interdisciplinary discussion on "career requirements in business and public sector" with experts from e.g. ThyssenKrupp, DFG and Isap AG. Afterwards participants could discuss in four panel discussions for Humanities, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences and Engineering on career paths outside university within their area of expertise. Here you can find the program.
On 7 May the Wirtschaftkolleg took place discussing chances and risks of job perspectives abroad with a keynote by Dr. Axel Kobus (Evonik Industries) followed by four panel discussion for Humanities and Social Sciences, Life -, Natural - and Engineering Science. Here you can find the program.
The thrid Wirtschaftskolleg took place on 18 July 2011 with an interdisciplinary debate on "performance evaluation in companies: obstacle or career factor?" with impulse talks by Dr. Henning Rentz (RWE AG) and Ulrich Reisenauer (ABC Umformtechnik). Afterward participants exchanged in three panel discussions for Humanities and Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Natural Sciences and Engineering. Here you can find the program.
The second Wirtschaftskolleg took place on 2 February 2010 debating questions such as "what career plans do doctoral graduates have at the beginning of their careers? What plans do
companies have for doctoral graduates?" with Dr. Walter Jochmann (Kienbaum Management Consultants GmbH). Afterwards career perspectives were discussed with the participants in three panel discussions for Humanities and Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Natural Sciences and Engineering. Here you can find the program.
The first Wirtschaftkolleg took place on 26 February 2009 starting with a keynote by Dr. Stefan Fischer (MAN Ferrostaal AG) on job entry in big companies as well as a discussion on career perspectives in midsize companies and coporate consulting and entrepreneurship. Here you can find the program.