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 Transferable Skills be Acquired?

Chapter Overview

This chapter discusses:

  • Negotiating expectations
  • Making the most of opportunities
  • Individual learning styles
  • Traditional forms of learning
    • ∘ Courses and workshops
    • ∘ Reading
  • Skills learnt in process of doing research
  • Skills that can be learnt through other roles in the institution
  • Skills that can be learnt outside the institution
  • Keeping motivated

Negotiating Expectations

Previously, in Box 2.3, we suggested that you should discuss your development plans with your supervisor/PI/mentor to obtain guidance about skills related to your project that will have a priority in the near and more distant future. We also alluded earlier to the small possibility that such persons may not be aware of, or convinced by, the recent emphasis on the skills agenda, for a variety of reasons. However, most of you will be ...

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