One of the options at hand, is to continue to work at a high scientific or academic level outside the university – for instance in non-university research institutions or in the industry.
On the other hand, postdocs are ideally qualified for high-qualified activities outside of academia. Within the scope of a doctoral degree programme (and where applicable other scientific or academic activities), the postdocs will have obtained versatile job-relevant competencies apart from their scientific and academic qualifications. These, in particular, include soft skills which comprise persona, social and methodological competencies (e.g. self-organisation and time management, project management, networking, teamworking skills, personnel management and intercultural competencies).
Possible fields of activity are executive and management positions, activities in the field of education and teaching, science management or innovation and entrepreneurship. Postdocs can for example work in commercial enterprises, at universities, non-university research facilities as well as public organisations, associations or NGOs. A further option still are self-employed activities.
More information on alternative career options available in the relevant info box.