About me

I am a person who helps others find their way by using my power and strength. In order to do this successfully, I had to go down many different paths myself and gain a lot of experience.

Some unsuccessful application attempts made me go back to university after graduation to do a doctorate “first” with little pay. But even after that, I was again undecided about where and how best to apply outside the university world. What did I have to offer outside of a purely professional qualification? And was there even a job out there that exactly matched my professional qualifications? Unfortunately, I only realised late in my career that this was not the most important thing.
After my doctorate, I started my career as a laboratory manager in the development department of large-scale industry, was a process developer and designed process engineering plants, travelled internationally to commission wastewater treatment plants and wrote a technical book about my professional expertise, which also took me to China and the USA as a project manager. I became an assistant professor in Saudi Arabia and was the first woman to teach wastewater biology to engineers at a public university there.
Today, I am a science manager at the University of Erlangen, developing career and excellence programmes for scientists and responsible for career coaching and giving trainings on various career-related topics. These professions seem very different at first glance, but I always enjoyed them particularly when I could contribute my skills, strengths, abilities, talents and motivations. Only then was I particularly motivated!
In the meantime, I have more than 700 hours of individual coaching experience. So when I offer coaching on career choices, I know what I’m talking about - also because I have gained valuable professional, life and leadership experience in fields as diverse as teaching, research, industry and self-employment, and in other cultures.

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I have completed my knowledge in recent years with training as a Systemic DVCT-certified coach at the ICO Institute in Munich. In Systemic Coaching I do not create solutions for you, but make sure that you actively develop a solution that suits you. The decisive advantage: It will be your solution, it will be your way. Nothing is imposed from the outside, and experience shows that the paths you find yourself are easier to follow.
CV Dr. Silke Schnurbusch