This book provides a succinct guide for doctoral and early career researchers about the nature of transferable skills, why they are needed and how they can be acquired, evidenced and marketed.

What are Transferable Skills and why they are Needed?

Chapter Overview

This chapter reviews the:

  • Skills that people bring to doctoral study
  • Further skill requirements with a working definition of transferable skills
  • Context: the history of change in doctoral education
  • Particular developments in relation to training during and beyond the doctorate
  • Consequences for careers beyond the doctorate
  • Impact on the people involved: researchers, supervisors, trainers and other support staff

Skills at the Commencement of the Doctorate

Since the doctorate is the pinnacle of award-bearing courses in Higher Education, all those starting a doctorate will already have many relevant skills to bring to bear on the task – indeed, they will have been selected by the university because they have demonstrated some of those skills and have shown potential for developing others. Some will ...

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