Regional stakeholder workshop

10 September 2020 at Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia.

The objectives of this workshop were

  • to discuss specifics of the non-profit sector and employability of doctoral candidates and graduates in the non-profit sector,
  • to identify transferable skills essential for working in the non-profit sector, and
  • to prepare a final list and ranking of transferable skills identified as crucial for working in the non-profit sector.

Participants of the workshop highlighted that working in the non-profit sector required a specific transferable skill, competence or ability which is empathy.

They pointed out that behind the motivation to work in the non-profit sector there was usually an ambition and drive to change the world for the better. They proposed that in times of crisis of democracy, understanding democracy and democratic values including human rights should also be listed on the list of transferable skills.

Participants further suggested attitude, ethics and value anchoring as very important for working in the third sector.

The importance of doctoral supervision was also emphasised. If the supervisor is able to fully support the potential of the doctoral candidate and work with him/her properly, it might significantly influence his/her career – also towards acting in non-profit sector, whether as a volunteer, an active citizen or a leader.

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