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Follow the Current Trends and Challenges among Doctoral Careers


Embarking on a PhD journey is both exciting and challenging. To support you in this transformative experience, we have organized a series of webinars for you to watch and revisit whenever you feel the need. These conversations with professionals from a variety of backgrounds aim to promote the appreciation of PhD graduates and greater knowledge about how a PhD can be applied in different areas of the job market and as a response to current societal challenges, about the transferability of PhD skills to other areas and debate, exploration and reflection on the importance of PhD careers.


We present the Webinar "PhD, now what?" which will give you the chance to reflect and learn about different career paths, activities and professional contexts - important information so that you can prepare yourself and go further in your career. Our guests, former students, were invited to answer questions such as: what is the impact of doing a PhD on your career? What (non-technical) skills did you acquire during your PhD that are now useful in your work context? How do you think PhD holders are being integrated into the labour market?

Would you like to ask a question of one of our guests at this first webinar? Or get in touch with one of them for more information and an exchange of ideas? Please send an email to [email protected] and we'll put you in contact with the guest you're interested in or you can reach out to her/him via LinkedIn.


He has a PhD in Civil Engineering from FEUP, with further training in Disaster Risk Reduction in Cultural Heritage (Ritsumeikan University, Japan/ICCROM). He has been working in the field of heritage rehabilitation since 2005, is a founding partner of NCREP, an Adjunct Professor at ISEP since 2010, an integrated member of FEUP's CONSTRUCT research group and a researcher. He has carried out numerous nationally recognized rehabilitation interventions.


PhD in Psychology since 2021, at FPCEUP, with the thesis "(Un)employment in times of uncertainty - professional development and psychological empowerment".

She is currently carrying out post-doctoral research at inED, at the School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. Since 2003 she has been working as a psychologist and vocational counselor, helping students and graduates in Higher Education.


Co-founder and director of Chaperone, biomedical researcher at i3S, with over 20 years' experience in the Life Sciences/Biomedical field. An alumnus of U.Porto, Pfizer, Salk Institute and UCLA, he has worked in Portugal, the UK and the USA, in different roles in academia, industry, government and the third sector.

Co-founder of two academic associations and a startup, he has also worked as an External Consultant for the Innovation area at the Ministry of Health, Portugal.


Senior researcher at Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS and lecturer at several universities in the areas of design management, communication, interaction design and games, and design management. With a background in communication and multimedia design, he holds a PhD in Design from FBAUP, with a thesis on the value of serendipity in digital interactions. His research interests lie in communication, interaction, interface and game design, as well as user experience, accessibility, usability, digital media, narrative and creativity.


What would you like to see addressed next? Go ahead and suggest new themes by sending us an email to [email protected].

UP Doctoral Careers is an initiative stemming from the PhD Career Design project, initiated in 2021. It involved a technical team comprising members from various units within the University of Porto, including the Talent and Career Centre, Work Psychology Consulting Service, FEUPs Talent Unit, ICBAS Student Support, Employability and Alumni Office, I3S, and the Teaching and Learning Laboratory. Additionally, it was supported by the Portuguese funding "Skills for a Next Generation U.Porto" (Upskilling U.Porto) under POCH-I2-2022-01 Post Covid Competition - Skills for the Future in Higher Education”. Now, it is run by contributions from representatives of U.Porto's Organic Units, Research Centers, PhD candidates, holders, advisors, course directors, companies, and institutions. Furthermore, it is supported by the EUGLOH network and the DocTalent4EU project.