The sixth ADVOCATE network training workshop on the theme of "Developing effective career search strategies in research and non-research vocations" was hosted at the Eawag research institute in Zurich, Switzerland, on 21 February 2014. The workshop was attended by 16 fellows and external researchers. Over the day the participants were introduced to employment opportunities in research, academic, commercial and industrial sectors within the scope of the network and received advice and guidance on planning and developing an effective job search strategy and CV preparation for future employment. Representatives from our associated partners contributed talks on their personal experience in developing a career within the specific sector of their organisation, and then held small group discussions with the participants to provide specific advice on pursuing a career in their specific profession or type of organisation. The workshop was presented by researchers and staff from The University of Sheffield, Eawag, University of Neuchatel, CL:AIRE and ADVOCATE associated partners Shell Global Solutions, URS and Sirius Geotechnical and Environmental Ltd. And, in the spirit of the season, there was time for fellows to spend a few days alpine skiing in nearby Davos!