Succinct and supportive, this book provides doctoral and early career researchers with everything you need to know about developing marketable, transferrable skills-and how they can lead to getting that dream job.
It illustrates exactly how and when your doctoral degree can be used to build your employability skills in both academic and professional contexts and sets out the basics of acquiring these key transferable skills. Featuring easy-to-implement advice on constructing specialist and generic professional attributes, it gives you the tools, confidence, and active self-awareness needed to handle career challenges and convince prospective employers of your experience.
With coverage of project management, teamworking, communication, leadership and technical training, it is an essential guide for researchers who want to make the most of the skills you already have and to develop the skills you need.
About the series
The Success in Research series, from Cindy Becker and Pam Denicolo, provides short, authoritative and accessible guides on key areas of professional and research development.
Avoiding jargon and cutting to the chase of what you really need to know, these practical and supportive books cover a range of areas from presenting research to achieving impact, and from publishing journal articles to developing proposals. They are essential reading for any student or researcher interested in developing their skills and broadening their professional and methodological knowledge in an academic context.
Professor (Emeritus) Pam Denicolo, a chartered psychologist, has just retired from her fulltime role at the University of Reading where she developed the Graduate School system and the post-registration professional practice and research element of the School of Pharmacy. Her passion for supporting and developing graduate students is demonstrated through her contributions as Vice Chair to the UK Council for Graduate Education Executive Committee, as chair of the Society for Research into Higher Education Postgraduate Network and Executive Editor of the Guides for Supervisors Series. She was a key contributor to Vitae's development of the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) and the QAA's Doctoral Characteristics Advisory Group, and is currently contributing to the revision of the Code of Practice. She is currently advocate for Graduate Studies at the University of Surrey. Dr Julie Reeves, has been involved with delivering skills training to researchers since 2005. Currently she is based at the University of Southampton where she designs, delivers and coordinates transferable skills training for early career researchers and research staff. Prior to this she was the Skills Training Manager, at the University of Manchester, for social science, arts and humanities postgraduate researchers, their supervisors and research staff. Her academic background is in politics and international relations, with degrees from the Universities of Kent and Southampton. Julie is one of the key contributors to the RDF. She has contributed to Hinchcliffe, Bromley and Hutchinson eds. (2007), is a member of the CIPD and the SRHE, and is a co-convenor of the Postgraduate Issues Network (PIN) within the SRHE
What Are Transferable Skills and Why They Are Needed? How Can Researchers Identify Which Transferable Skills Are Needed? How Can Transferable Skills Be Acquired? What Are the Key Intellectual Skills Directly Related to Research? What Skills Are Involved In Dealing With Information And With Maintaining Integrity As A Researcher? What Are The Key Practical Research Project Skills? What Are The Key People Skills And Personal Attributes? How Can Skill Development Be Evidenced, Assessed And Evaluated? How Can Transferable Skills Be Marketed Effectively To Enhance Employability? (Dawn Duke) How Can Researchers Make A Successful Transition To Another Employment? How Can Transferable Skills Become An Integral Part Of Life? Appendix 1: Joint Statement Skills (JSS) Appendix 2: Development Cycle Diagram Appendix 3: Summary Diagram Of The Researcher Development Framework Appendix 4: Employability Skills Questionnaire Glossary Of Terms Index