Continued professional development
Research Skills required by PhD students G1: Appreciate the need for and show commitment to...
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9 March 2010
Research Skills required by PhD students G1: Appreciate the need for and show commitment to continued professional development
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By the time students complete a PhD, they should be able to answer ‘Yes’ to most of these questions.
- Do you have clear plans for your future career?
- Have you taken action to explore a broad range of possibilities?
- Have you identified the key elements of your aspirations, and what are your main priorities?
- Can you explain what it means to become an 'independent researcher'?
- Can you outline the role that continued professional development plays in a research career?
- Do you have an up-to-date record of your:
- education and training?
- employment history and work experience?
- transferable skills, with examples?
Evidence of this skill
These are examples of documents you can collect. Each implies a piece or work, which may be a good way for you to develop this skill.
- *The progress file including the updated development plan.
- An up-to-date CV
- A list of your priorities in choosing a career direction.
- A record of work undertaken to broaden your career horizons - such as work shadowing.
- A log of internet exploration of career development opportunities.
This page is based upon material produced by The Open University’s research school to support doctoral students.