SISA3 - Dual Career Services from an HR perspective. What works?

Day Day 1
Session Special Interest
Start time 17.40
Room Oxford
Code SISA3

Mary K. Kobia, Dual Career Consultant, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Which HR structures are necessary to set up for Dual Career Services? What are the challenges and benefits? 

Meeting the needs and expectations of dual career academic couples is a common challenge many universities face. On many occasions, if a researcher returns home sooner than expected, it is because the partner is not able to find suitable employment in the new country. 

Over the last few decades we have witnessed an increase in the international mobility of academics, especially among PhD students and post-docs. In response a growing number of European universities are developing and implementing dual career services to attract and retain international researchers who move abroad with their family. 

A possible key to retaining high-profile researchers is to focus on providing the right tools and guidance in order to assist the accompanying partner in their job search and in creating a professional network. 

The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) has developed and implemented dual career initiatives that have already helped several of these partners to continue their career abroad. Support for dual careers opens another avenue by which universities can compete for the best and brightest. 

Workshop content 
This workshop aims on sharing good practices from the University of Copenhagen in the area of Dual Career Services from an HR perspective by answering following questions: 

1. Why focus on Dual Career Services from an HR perspective? 
2. Which HR structures are necessary to set up for Dual Career Services? 
3. Which skills/training and competencies are required? 
4. What are the University's outcomes/results of the Dual Career Program? 
5. What works?