What are the competencies sought through enhancing working life connections?
From the perspective of career planning and employment prospects, the doctoral candidate should be able to identify their own expertise and skill set and to be able to envision these as applicable to new contexts. The doctoral candidate should reflect on their own interests and learn to verbalise their expertise fluently in various situations. Also, the doctoral candidate’s ability to forge meaningful connections between their research and the interests of various stakeholders of working life and society at large facilitates networking efforts and professional development, which, in turn, may support career planning.
By establishing and maintaining strong working life connections the doctoral candidate can develop:
• awareness of the applicability of their expertise gained during the doctoral training to various working life contexts and of possible career paths: In what areas of working life can my expertise and researcher skills be utilised?
• awareness of one’s own skills, interests and career motivations: What kinds of work and expert tasks are meaningful to me and what are my strengths? In what fields and with what kinds of tasks do I see myself as working in the future to utilise my academic skill set?
• communication, cooperation and networking skills: How can I best convey my expertise and competencies in various working life contexts, and how can I market my expertise to the stakeholders of my research?
• profound expertise in knowledge production: What kind of added value do researcher skills bring to work settings in which data is being collected, analysed and interpreted to provide a basis for decision making and development work?
The Graduate School offers courses in philosophy of science and researcher skills under the study module Philosophy of research and research skills (20 ECTS). The courses contained in this module focus on the development of the areas of competence listed above. The courses aim at developing the participants’ ability to communicate their expertise, their leadership and project management skills as well as the skills needed in applying for research funding and career planning. The doctoral candidate should also discuss these themes with the supervisor.