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Research Skills: Career Management

Career management skills required of excellent PhD or doctoral students

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12 November 2010

An excellent researcher at doctoral or PhD level:

  • Takes ownership for and manages own career progression, sets realistic and achievable career goals, identifies and develops ways to improve employability.

Looking ahead, a doctoral student can aim to become an excellent early-career researcher who:

  • Forms credible career plans
  • Critically reflects on experiences and pursues a cycle of self-improvement
  • Seeks advice, guidance or coaching from appropriate professionals
  • Initiates and sustains networks and relationships that may encourage opportunities for employment.

  • Presents own skills, personal attributes and experiences through effective CVs, applications and interviews.
  • Begins to establish a career network.

Note: These skills are identified in the UK Researcher Development Framework – where they appear as B3.1 Self-management: Career Management

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