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    Interdisciplinary and Intersectoral Doctoral Education Design to Improve Graduate Employability

    Mountford, Nicola (2021) Interdisciplinary and Intersectoral Doctoral Education Design to Improve Graduate Employability. In: International Conference on Education and New Developments (END 2021), 26-28 June, 2021. (In Press)

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    Typically, less than half of doctoral graduates will be employed in academia immediately after graduation, with less than 10%-15% achieving a long-term academic career. This leaves 85-90% of PhD graduates seeking employment outside the academic setting, for example in industry and government. The objective of the CHAMELEONS study (CHampioning A Multi-sectoral Education and Learning Experience to Open New pathways for doctoral Students) is to develop innovative educational interventions that shape more adaptable, entrepreneurial, and employable graduates, ready to meet the challenges of the future. Stakeholders from the connected health industry, clinical care, charities, patients, patient representatives, government, recent doctoral graduates, and academics were invited to participate in a “World Café” participatory method for collecting qualitative data. Owing to the COVID-19 health situation this took place via Zoom. Analysis of the results revealed 4 key learning objectives for doctoral graduates to: 1. Develop networking and communication skills. 2. Understand user centred research design. 3. Market research capacity and research skills. 4. Build an understanding of themselves and others. This led to the development of three bespoke doctoral modules: 1. Forging relationships: Building and Sustaining your Doctoral Network; 2. Managing the Project: Keeping on Track with an Eye to the future; Module 3: Starting your Career: Future Proofing your Career and Getting a Job. These modules are available to doctoral students across five European Universities.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Keywords: Intersectoral; interdisciplinary; doctoral; education; participatory;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 14673
    Depositing User: Nicola Mountford
    Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2021 16:43
    Refereed: No
    Funders: EU Horizon 2020
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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