Transferable skills in doctoral education
Training PhD candidates in transferable skills is crucial to improve their career prospects outside academia. Adaptability, teamwork, communication, presentation, and language skills are particularly sought after by non-academic employers. Though these competences may be acquired through ‘learning-by-doing’ activities, good practice recommendations on transferable skills training include formal and nonformal training through graduate and doctoral schools.
DocEnhance’s first policy brief describes the need for improving PhD candidates’ transferable skills and the lessons learned from the project so far.