199.096 From surviving to thriving: crafting your good professional life
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

Learning Outcomes [LO]:

  1. Identify and articulate their core values, strengths, and own identity as a researcher/professional [know yourself]
  2. Critically evaluate professional/personal/career choices and opportunities and understand the relative trade-offs of decisions wrt values, strengths, etc [lead yourself]
  3. Apply everyday practices that promote their own health, wellbeing and research productivity [wellbeing]
  4. Develop peer coaching skills
  5. Understand the value of networking and connecting with others as a peer cohort

Subject of course

Being a PhD student can be challenging at the best of times, and even more so in times of pandemic. However it is not enough to just survive being a PhD student. It is also possible to thrive and build the foundations for a sustainable satisfying and rewarding career path.

This course focusses on two foundational sets of personal skills towards thriving as an academic/researcher/professional.

One is about understanding who you are as an academic/researcher/professional, and shaping your choices to be in line with your values and building on your strengths.

The other is about bringing your best self to your work by taking wellbeing seriously. The scientific evidence is clear that “…well-being is a critical enabling condition for academic success [where] …balanced, happy people are more productive, more creative, more collaborative….” [Berkely Uni ‘Graduate Happiness and Wellbeing Report’, 2014]

The overall aim of this course therefore is to develop critical personal skills that are important for knowing yourself and looking after yourself as an academic/researcher/professional. The content of the course will be driven by input on core skills, as well as topics identified by participants as important to them now.


Teaching methods

Pre-recorded video lectures, online lectures, and readings
Self-work such as completing validated questionnaires, trying out different interventions
Blocked workshop sessions, ideally in-person
Highly interactive group discussions, presentations and reflections

Mode of examination


Additional information

Format: Note: we have been advised to say 'hybrid' given current uncertainties but our hope is that we will be able to deliver the course in person as the main modality.]

Admission priority: This is a Fundamental PhD Course of the Faculty of Informatics for doctoral students. Doctoral students in Computer Science therefore have admission priority to this course.


ECTS breakdown: 3 ECTS = 75 hours

20 hrs whole class sessions
15 hrs self-work re questionnaires, interventions etc
10 hrs reading
10 hrs group work
10 hrs reflective journal
10 hrs final report



Course dates

Fri09:00 - 11:0007.10.2022 See TUWEL for Zoom link (LIVE)Course introductions
Fri14:00 - 16:0014.10.2022Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Know yourself: values, meaning, driver
Fri14:00 - 16:0021.10.2022Sem.R. DA grün 05 Know yourself: strengths; Lead yourself: job crafting
Fri14:00 - 16:0004.11.2022 HCI Library Argentinierstrasse 8 2nd floorOPTIONAL Drop in
Fri14:00 - 16:0011.11.2022Sem.R. DA grün 05 Lead yourself: Boundaries, planning, saying yes/no
Fri13:00 - 15:0018.11.2022Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse know/lead yourself: Emotions as data
Fri14:00 - 16:0025.11.2022Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Optional drop in session
Fri14:00 - 16:0002.12.2022Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Lead yourself: Wellbeing habits; collegial cultures
Fri14:00 - 17:0016.12.2022Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Lead yourself: Dealing with the imposter and the procrastinator
Fri09:00 - 16:3013.01.2023 Kontaktraum, Campus Gusshaus, 6th floorConnect yourself: Career paths & supportive networks
Fri14:00 - 16:0020.01.2023Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Review & moving forward [TBC]

Examination modalities

50% Critical reflective journal: [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

  • incl reflections on questionnaire outcomes, experiences implementing choices, and on applying four different health and wellbeing interventions, engaging in peer networking

50% Final report: [LO 1,2,3]

  • Personalised statement of you as an academic/research/professional: ‘my user manual’
  • Strategic career principles: including e.g., decision criteria, key qualities, key contributions, job crafting strategies  


Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
08.09.2022 00:00 12.10.2022 23:59

Registration modalities

Please register in TISS.


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
PhD TU Wien Informatics Doctoral School Not specified


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Previous knowledge

Numbers are limited so register early.


  • Attendance Required!