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 the Key People Skills and Personal Attributes?

Chapter Overview

This chapter discusses the interpersonal skill areas of:

  • Attention to diversity issues
  • Environmental awareness and sustainable working
  • Leadership
  • Managing people and resources
  • Being personally effective
  • Ensuring social and political survival
  • Team working
  • Working collaboratively

and how you might develop them.


In Chapters 4, 5 and 6 we explored the intellectual, legal, information and practical skill areas and attributes derived directly from research, and which we believe a researcher should, by virtue of engaging in research, encounter and be able to acquire, if not improve on, during their time within an Higher Education Institution (HEI). There are two additional skill sets researchers must develop that are perhaps not readily obvious and will require a proactive approach by researchers to acquire. The first, discussed here, relates ...

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