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 make a Successful Transition to Another Employment?

Chapter Overview

This chapter discusses:

  • Some of the peculiarities of the research/academic environment that distinguish it from other working environments
  • Key areas of ‘cultural’ difference, including:
    • ∘ Office etiquette and administrative skills
    • ∘ Communication
    • ∘ Business acumen and strategic thinking
    • ∘ Team working and relationship building

We will consider how knowledge of these areas of difference can help you to successfully navigate between work cultures.

The Peculiarities of Higher Education

A question that may arise with increasing vigour towards the end of your current project might be: How do you make a successful transition from the academic research environment to other kinds of work, even if it is still within a university?

Although the skills and even some of the knowledge required ...

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