Planning your career progression

Research Skills required by PhD students G2: Take ownership for and manage one's career...

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9 March 2010

Research Skills required by PhD students G2: Take ownership for and manage one's career progression, set realistic and achievable career goals, and identify and develop ways to improve employability

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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 know what you want to be doing in 2 years? In 5? In 10? In 20?
  • Can you identify:
    • the crucial skills you will need to achieve those goals?
    • your priorities for personal development?
    • what you need to do to achieve these goals?
  • Do you ask for training you need?
  • Do you monitor your own performance and review your personal development regularly?
  • Can you describe typical recruitment practices in your domain?
  • Can you describe effective job-hunting strategies?
  • Have you attended career development workshops or other events?

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.

  • Your progress file, including an up-to-date development plan.
  • A record of participation in career days and other career management opportunities.
  • A record of employment.

This page is based upon material produced by The Open University’s research school to support doctoral students.

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