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European Doctoral Careers: Global, Transsectoral, Interdisciplinary. State of the art in career development and transferable skills in the United Kingdom Linda Buckham, Director Career Development & Employment Centre, University of Sussex. European Doctoral Careers.

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European doctoral careers global transsectoral interdisciplinary

European Doctoral Careers: Global, Transsectoral, Interdisciplinary

State of the art in career development and transferable skills in the United Kingdom

Linda Buckham, Director

Career Development & Employment Centre, University of Sussex


European doctoral careers

European Doctoral Careers

  • What are transferable skills?

  • Skill transferability, UK career development & labour market mobility

  • Assumptions and issues about skill transferability

  • What transferable skills do PhDs have?

  • There’s more to doctoral career development than skill transferability

  • References to resources to help


European doctoral careers1

European Doctoral Careers:

  • What are transferable skills?

  • Skills you have acquired during any activity in your life;

  • part-time work, previous full time jobs, first degree, taught postgraduate degree, current PhD projects, other projects in the community, parenting, hobbies, sports…

  • Virtually any experience can be analysed and the evidence used to articulate it’s transferability and made applicable to what you want to do in your next job.


European doctoral careers skill transferability uk career development and labour market mobility

European Doctoral CareersSkill transferability, UK career development and labour market mobility

  • UK/USA: more flexible labour market

  • The use of transferable skills as entry to ‘any discipline’ career paths

  • At doctoral level individuals bring a range of transferable skills into their doctorate experience as well as develop transferable skills through the process.

  • HE gaps in the transformation processes of interpreting and evidencingskills


European doctoral careers assumptions and issues about skill transferability

Reductionism: individuals are more complex and sophisticated than a bunch of transferable skills

Employers do not distinguish between the level of the skill

between UG v PG (taught) v doctoral students

Assumption of transferability from one context to the next…questioned in research

Can be a shorthand ‘code’ UK employers use for other attributes

Do not consider the different interpretations in different work cultures/employment sectors

Confusion with long lists of different transferable skills from employers

European Doctoral CareersAssumptions and issues about skill transferability


European doctoral careers what transferable skills do phds have

European Doctoral CareersWhat transferable skills do PhDs have?

  • Excellent evaluation exercise developed by UKGRAD and theResearch Councils and covers:

  • Research Skills & Techniques

  • Research Environment

  • Research Management

  • Personal Effectiveness

  • Communication Skills

  • Networking and Team-working

  • Career management


European doctoral careers global transsectoral interdisciplinary

European Doctoral CareersThere’s more to doctoral career development than transferable skills: Career Options


European doctoral careers references to resources to help

European Doctoral CareersReferences to resources to help

  • UK Grad website for Audit of Skills www grad ac uk (handout)

  • CDEC Choose your career section of website (www.sussex.ac.uk/cdec)

  • CDEC: individual careers guidance and careers information centre – useful for research

  • Career Storm Navigator - available soon at CDEC

  • Lifework Transitions (www.lifework.transitions.com)

  • Graduate Prospects: (www.prospects.ac.uk)

  • Windmills Programme: (www.windmillsprogramme.com)

  • From Postgraduate to Social Scientist edited by Nigel Gilbert (Sage) 2006


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