Career Coaching for Academics, Karriere-Coaching für Akademiker

Individual Career Coaching

 Here are a few examples for issues that we could solve together:

  • You are looking for a new job.
  • On the open job market, you have difficulty finding job offers that interest you, or you keep getting rejections.
  • You are confronted with a career decision and are not sure which way to go.
  • For instance, you may have doubts if the classical academic pathway is right for you.
  • Or there is a concrete issue in your current position that you would like to resolve. There may be a difficult situation to be mastered, or you would like to pursue a promotion or a better salary.
  • Or you are "just" plainly unsatisfied with your current job situation, but cannot put the finger on where this comes from.

What can you expect from career coaching?



Seeing things from a different angle


Sometimes we are just so much engaged in our own world that we develop a kind of tunnel view. The perspective from another angle or another person can bring key impulses to see yourself in a totally different light.


That's what a coach can do for you.

Try for yourself and see what happens!

 Solid background and experience


You will be able to tap into my expert knowledge and experience with scientific careers and the job market for academics, in combination with solid career consultant training.

With my straightforward approach, I follow a strict no bullshit policy.


Rather, I will be your critical second brain, providing you with independent, well-dosed nudges to gain focus and clarity for your career issue.


Tried and tested methods that are also fun to use


The approaches, methods and tools that I use have been found valuable many times before. There is scientific and empirical evidence substantiating their effect, e.g., from the field of Positive Psychology.


In particular, I use a mix of systematic, quantitative and creative, qualitative approaches to tackle your issue from various angles.


Last but not least, my special preference is on methods that are also fun to use. It's my goal to make the positive effect begin right in the coaching session!


Sustainable effect that puts you into the driver's seat of your career


We will seek solutions that work on a long-term basis, delivering sustainable results. The goal is to put you into the driver's seat of your career.


To that end, we employ approaches that work independently from the job market, and which you will be able to use again and again over the course of your career.


In that process, I see myself as a catalyst, a kind of "Career Angel", who helps you start up your own career "business" to realize your individual goals, dreams and ambitions.


Minimal investment with maximal effect


Compared to a typical monthly salary of an academic, a typical coaching session will mean a minuscule investment. 


The decisions and effects that will arise from the coaching process, on the other hand, will often have paramount positive effects:

First, in terms of finances. Just think about how a promotion or a better job will pay off over the years.

Second, and maybe even more importantly, in terms of your personal well-being and fullfilment. Actually, that increase in your happiness index constitutes a large part of my personal "bonus" that I get from working with my clients.


Finally, absolute confidentiality is, of course, absolutely guaranteed.


Make your friend or family a gift that will have a real impact:


Get them my new individual career coaching package!


In a systematic, step-by-step procedure, we will define their problem, analyze it, find solutions and an actionable plan, and make it happen.


Completely remote, but nevertheless fully individualized process, working directly with me as coach!


"Dr Cardoso has guided me through some major career steps on my way from a post-doc to an independent group leader.

Her expert knowledge on the academic work environment was very useful for our coaching sessions. I especially appreciate her pragmatic and goal-orientated approach.

This helped me to define my aims clearly and gave me the courage to take risks.

Due to her coaching I get the best out of myself and I feel more satisfied both at work and at home."

"Dr. Cardoso possesses the rare talent of combining analytical thinking with a high degree of empathy. Her clients will profit from this special feature in her professional consulting, as she is able to take her client's view and stimulate a thought process. Therefore, she is the ideal companion for taking big and ambitious steps, be it in terms of career issues or with a challenging scientific project. Talking to her will open new doors. Try it, I am happy to recommend her!"

"Being coached by Mrs. Cardoso works like a power drink of the type "Stand up for yourself". Ingredients: Clarity, a lot of background knowledge and self-strengthening."
"The coaching made me a more confident and positive person. I am able to understand that the power to control my life lies within me through coaching sessions. I am thankful to Dr. Cardoso for such a positive transformation in me."

"The many years of experience that Mrs. Cardoso has in the university sector has helped me a lot during a job application process. Her consulting service has very nicely paid off - thanks a lot!"
"What I particularly like about Mrs. Cardoso is her great analytical competence and her bright mind, paired with her high ambitions and quality. standards."

"The coaching's effect surprised me: Although we had a relatively short session, in the end, I came out with a set of sound suggestions for my next career steps and a lot of valuable inspiration. And that although I had been convinced that I had already thoroughly thought my career through!"

"I found Mrs. Cardoso absolutely focused, result-oriented and extremely competent. In addition to her convincing methodology, the coaching success was also largely due to the fact that I felt very comfartable during the process. Which was due to Mrs. Cardoso's natural, friendly and positively enagaging attitude. Very inspiring, many thanks!"

"At the time when my second postdoc was coming to an end, I started considering a move to the private sector. Around the same time, a colleague of mine recommended Simone Cardoso’s career consulting services. I hired her in the hope that she would help me navigate the unknown world of job applications. She gave me so much more! By providing an in-depth insight into the hiring practices of private companies, she boosted my morale and made me confident of finding a position out of academia. Over the next months, she tirelessly worked with me to identify suitable career sectors that would suit both my training and fulfill my interests. Once those sectors were identified, she prepared me for intensive networking, a key component of a successful job search.


My academic career picked up at that point and I decided to commit to it. Nonetheless, I frequently use the techniques I learned with Simone Cardoso at my work. My largest gain is feeling relaxed about my chances of finding a private sector career if I again decide to look for one. Therefore, I find the skills and understanding earned with Simone Cardoso’s consulting service invaluable."


Want to go for it, too?


Make an appointment for your own personal coaching by clicking on the button on the right!

A first phone conversation is always free.


Have problems making the financial investment?

Here are two ways how you can nevertheless get your coaching!


1. If you are currently employed at a university or a company, these organizations may be able to cover the costs!

Contact me to discuss the options!


2. Put my Career Coaching package on your wish list to get it as a present!


What if you do not live close to my home base?

(North Rhine Westfalia)

I do prefer to meet at least once in person during a coaching process. However, since I am travelling quite a bit, there may be a chance to arrange a personal visit at your location. Alternatively, we could meet at a place you go to for another purpose anyway (e.g. a conference or fair). Subsequent sessions can then be done remotely, e.g. by teleconferencing tools.


In times of the Corona pandemic, I am also offering completely remote coachings! To support the process, I have acquired some fun interactive telepresence tools that will help us make it as enjoyable as a personal meeting...