Research Skills: Continuing Professional Development
Continuing professional development skills required of excellent PhD or doctoral students
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12 November 2010
An excellent researcher at doctoral or PhD level:
- Appreciates the need for and shows commitment to continuing professional development.
- Recognises transferability of own experience and articulates this to potential employers or line managers.
- Develops and maintains own records of achievement and experience.
Looking ahead, a doctoral student can aim to become an excellent early-career researcher who:
- Demonstrates self-awareness and the ability to identify own development needs.
- Becomes familiar with employers’ requirements and develops skills accordingly.
- Actively seeks opportunities to enhance skills and take responsibility, formally or informally within a research environment.
- Maintains a portfolio of achievement and experience.
Note: These skills are identified in the UK Researcher Development Framework – where they appear as B3.2 Self-management: Continuing professional development