Succeeding beyond your Doctorate: the importance of identity, industry awareness and decisive action

Kinash, Shelley and Judd, Madelaine-Marie (2019) Succeeding beyond your Doctorate: the importance of identity, industry awareness and decisive action. In: Getting the most out of your doctorate: the importance of supervision, networking and becoming a global academic. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 117-132. ISBN 978-1-78769-908-3

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Students are drawn to doctorates for both the intellectual journey and the aspirational destination. However, many contemporary doctoral students and graduates are feeling like battlers, in that victory does not assure a career. In this context, the weapons of choice are a clear vision, identity and strategic choices. The aim of this chapter is to inform students, their supervisors and university
executive leaders how to achieve heightened graduate employability. As such, it has been written for four audiences: (a) PhD students, who want academic careers, and (b) those who want careers beyond universities; (c) PhD supervisors; and (d) university executive leaders. The key takeaways are practical recommendations for each of these four groups. The content is informed by an Australian national research study into postgraduate student experience, which included 319 postgraduate students as research participants. The first chapter author was one of two principal researchers leading the study, and the second
chapter author was the project manager and researcher. The authors have added their reflections and personal experiences as supervisor and PhD student respectively.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2019 06:01
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2021 00:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: doctorates; doctoral students
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education

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