Continued professional development

Research Skills required by PhD students G1: Appreciate the need for and show commitment to...

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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.

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