International Spouse Career Lunches 2019 – University of Copenhagen

International Spouse Career Lunches 2019

This event is held in an informal setting, but provides a chance for internationals to network, meet with other spouses and to share both professional and personal experiences and interests.

Apart from enjoying a delightful lunch and meeting new acquaintances, this event will also have a career focus on giving you tips on career-related topics and cultural aspects in Denmark. Some of the topics could range:

  • Do you need new ideas on how to enhance your job search?
  • Do you know how to create a CV or resume that stands out to employers?
  • Have you mastered the Danish hygge?

Each month’s theme will be conceptualised based on input from guest speakers, recruiters/head hunters, international spouses and expats.

Children are very welcome to the event; a cosy kid’s area has been set up to occupy them creatively.

Upcoming Events

16th of May

10:00 - 13:00 hrs

Workshop: Career opportunities for PhDs outside academia

What should PhD students do to get jobs outside academia? Which jobs exist beyond academia and what skills are in demand? How can you prepare for an alternative career path applying your research skills?

These questions and many more will all be answered, at this unique career event where you will have the pleasure of meeting Niels Glæsner. Niels holds a PhD in educational science and works as a Career Consultant at the Danish Association of Masters and PhDs (DM)!

Why an increase focus on PhDs?

Since the mid-2000s the output of PhDs from Danish universities has increased dramatically. One goal with the expansion of enrollment has been to ensure employment of more research staff in private and public organizations outside academia. This goal has certainly been reached, as a much larger number of PhDs find jobs beyond academia today compared to 20 years ago. Despite this fact, Ph.D. students often feel unprepared for an alternative career path and express uncertainty as to how their skill set will fit into a different context.

For this reason many PhDs postpone important career decisions until around the time they hand in their dissertation. Earlier decision making and a sharper focus on career options during the Ph.D. could help candidates learn relevant skills understand the different paths available for researchers of different kinds. 

Workshop focus

This workshop is aimed at giving PhD students input on how to frame and apply their research skills.

Over the past year, DM has conducted 40 interviews with PhDs in a number of different fields and asked them in depth about their career paths, their transition out of academia and the way a background in research has shaped them as professionals.

Based on this material the workshop will help you work with framing your own research background as well as give you an overview of the current labor market patterns for PhDs.

After this workshop you will:

  • Have knowledge of labor market trends and employment patterns for PhDs
  • Be aware of typical strengths and weaknesses of researchers applying for work outside academia
  • Have an understanding of the different competency profiles for researchers 

Feel free to attend this unique event and get inspiration on how you pursue your career outside academia. This event also provides you with the opportunity to network with other like-minded professionals.

We will be serving a light lunch after the workshop.


Niels Glæsner has a PhD in educational science. He has conducted research and consultancy work focused on education policy and labor market issues. Niels works at the Danish Association of Masters and PhDs (DM). DM advises its members on a wide range of issues e.g.:

  • Employment, working conditions and contracts
  • Career and job opportunities within your field
  • Personal guidance if you lose your job
  • Free talks and career events

Location: Gyldenløvesgade 11, 6th floor, 1600 Copenhagen V

Price: Free