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.

How Can Researchers Identify which Transferable Skills are Needed?

Chapter Overview

This chapter discusses:

  • The terms used in different contexts for skill identification and recording
  • Identification of current skills
  • Decisions about the development of future skills
  • The Researcher Development Planner

Multiple Terms with Common Meanings

As we indicated in the previous chapter, the drive towards supporting PGRs and ECRs in developing their skills extended rapidly across Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) with the advent of financial support (Roberts Funding) in the UK. (Equally, the advent of high interest in ‘employability’ skills has spread throughout Europe, and indeed globally, in a challenging economic climate.) The policy documents which supplied the impetus, and the institutions which provided the courses and other support for skills learning, all recognised that individual researchers each brought to their ...

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