Identifying transferable skills

Research Skills required by PhD students G3: Demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of...

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Research Skills required by PhD students G3: Demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities within and outside academia

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By the time students complete a PhD, they should be able to answer ‘Yes’ to most of these questions.

  • Can you describe what difference a PhD will make in the job market?
  • Can you map your research skills onto jobs that you see advertised?
  • Do you know where to look for career opportunities? (e.g. databases, national press, conference notice boards)
  • Do you access websites for careers advice?
  • Have you attended a Grad summer school?
  • Are you a member of a professional organisation (e.g., professional society, special interest group)?
  • Do you participate actively in the activities of any professional organisations (e.g., attending and organising events, assisting at conferences, assisting with or contributing to newsletters)?

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.

  • A written example of mapping skills onto job advertisements.
  • Evidence of accessing job databases
  • Evidence of accessing career websites?
  • A record of attendance at summer schools, especially Grad.

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

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