Our Advisory & Coaching Services
Whether you are applying for a junior research group or professorship, getting a foothold in business, science management, or another sector – you benefit from our independent expertise and our cross-sectoral network.
CV and Cover Letter Check
We discuss your career plans and help you optimize your CV and/or cover letter for a convincing application in science, business, or other sectors – also in relation to a specific job posting.
Do you have a job interview or want to negotiate your salary? We help you prepare.
Cost: 30 Euros + 7% VAT (CV) / 50 Euros + 7% VAT (CV and cover letter) – to be transferred after the consultation
Scope: 30 or 45 min. via Zoom
Are you looking for more in-depth support? Coaching helps if
- You want to clarify your strengths, skills, values, motivation, and goals
- You are thinking about leaving academia – but what then?
- You have challenges ahead of you or behind you and need clarification, a different approach, or want to change something
Cost: 30 min. get-to-know-each-other free of charge. After the conclusion of the coaching agreement 75 Euro (+ 7% VAT) per session – to be transferred after the session
Scope: 90 min. via zoom or in person at GSO offices in Berlin-Mitte
Brief Career Advice for Postdocs
As a postdoc you can book a free consultation, e.g. on these questions:
- Which career path is right for me?
- How does the German academic system work?
- How do I find jobs in other sectors?
- What are the next steps I can take?
For more in-depth support, see below if coaching is suitable for you.
For legal questions (e.g. professorship negotiations) we recommend membership in the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers, their professional representation in Germany.
Scope: One-time, 30 min. via Zoom
Career Workshops for Groups
We also visit your university, institute, or organization – virtually or in person.
We are happy to get in touch with your institution and offer tailor-made workshops.
Cost: upon request – depending on the topic, scope, number of trainers, and, if applicable, guests
Scope: from a few hours up to two days
Personal Consultation with GSO
We, Birte & Anne, know the challenges of postdocs from our own experience. We both transitioned from academia to research management and the nonprofit sector; Anne also moved from the US back to Germany. In this process, we learned what works and what doesn’t.
Coaching & Networks
Birte Seffert is trained as a systemic coach.
Anne Schreiter is a certified systemic coach and advisor (ECA).
We are part of a multi-sector network and will work with you on your career strategy.
We tailor our consultations and coachings to your current needs and constraints. If seeking our advice poses a serious financial challenge, we will find a solution.
If possible we connect you with contacts from our network working in different sectors. This gives you the chance to learn more about career paths and how to get there.
We also offer guidance for a membership in The German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (Deutscher Hochschulverband, in short DHV).