Course: Achieving your goals and performing more successfully in your PhD



Multi-day course

Course fee: € 640,- (including lunch)


Wednesday 20, 27 November  & 4, 11 December 


Jan-Willem van der Mijde


12.30 – 18:30



G2-38 (except 27/11: T3-40)


+31 10 4082607

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Course description
At one point everybody can feel overwhelmed by a research project. Especially PhD candidates, starting their the academic career, might at times have difficulties concretizing their research goals. Having the right tools to first visualize and then accomplish your goals is essential to successfully completing your PhD research project.

This course aims to give you the tools to gain insight in your personal strengths and values, how to better set important goals and how to make the most of your role in a team. This will benefit you in your day-to-day activities as a PhD student, as well as in your subsequent professional career.

Course organizer Exergy trains young professionals to help them get the most of their professional selves and out the teams they are a part of. Exerby founder and course convener Michiel Jongerden is an organizational psychologist with a broad theoretical foundation in the art and science of training.

Testimonials previous participants
Previous participants of the course at among others Delft University of Technology and the Radboud University Nijmegen had this to say about the course:

“It is a very well planned and professionally executed course. It’s strongly based on concepts from management and psychology, especially ones derived from the ‘commercial’ aspects from these fields.”

“A very interesting and helpful course. It helps me regain my motivation towards my work.”

“This course provides many ways to help me identify my own goals and personal characteristics, as well as providing possible solutions to improve myself, like personal effectiveness and self-reflection.”

Target group
The course is targeted at anyone who might a time struggle with concretizing your research goals. Therefore it is especially suitable for PhD students who are at the start of their research project or students who are more advance but are facing issues in operationalization.

Working method
The course provides an equal balance between theoretical background, discussions and exercises. It incorporates elements of psychology, drawing from the research of prominent scientists. Finally, several elements are lifted from professional project management methodologies like PRINCE2.

The interactive group exercises will help you to develop a solid understanding of the covered topics by putting theory into practice using personal examples. During the course students are actively involved to help create an interesting and refreshing training environment.

Course sessions description
Session 1

  • Best practices for setting important goals;
  • Value systems and their impact on the behavior of yourself and those around you;
  • Identifying personal goals (applying your newly learned knowledge).

Session 2

  • Personal mission–learn what motivates you to accomplish your goals and others to accomplish theirs;
  • Team dynamics–understand what makes a good team, what causes conflicts and what are the characteristics of your own research group;
  • Discover your core qualities and learn how to apply these optimally.

Session 3

  • Identifying, leveraging and improving your personal skills;
  • The myths and uses of non-verbal communication;
  • The impact of self-fulfilling prophecies;
  • Behavioral archetypes—useful shortcuts for understanding complex behavior.

Session 4

  • Instructing best practices–learn about the methods and pitfalls;
  • The art of constructive feedback—maximize the impact of feedback on performance;
  • Time management as a tool to improve your control over your day-to-day activities;
  • Risk management—drastically enhance how you tackle high-impact risks in your PhD.