Texts & Tools


Texts & Tools

You will find here a collection of contributions of different authors sharing their ideas, views or lessons learnt during their professional development. Please feel encouraged to comment on the contributions and share your experiences on the various topics. If you would like to add your own contribution, please get in contact with us.

Employment Status of PhD Holders in Belgium, Authors: Neda Bebiroglu, Baptiste Dethier and Christel Ameryckx

The Observatory of Research and Scientific Careers-F.R.S-FNRS located in Belgium published its first thematic report on the employment status of 2,065 PhD holders who received their doctorate between 2012 and 2018 from the six French-speaking universities of Belgium. PhD holders have a high rate of employment and a low rate of unemployment. However, regardless of their research field, an important proportion of PhD holders stay in the university sector and that a non-negligible proportion work under temporary contracts.

Dahlem Research School measures facilitating transition to the labor market, Author: Martina van de Sand

Since 2013 Dahlem Research School has expanded its Career Development offerings in general in the frame of its Professional Development Program directed at doctoral candidates. In this context, the DRS has launched new initiatives to support careers of prospective graduates beyond academia. The following text describes the two general initiatives DRS Pro Business and DRS Pro Gründung, renamed DRS Pro Transfer in 2016 .

Conflict Consultation - Dealing with crises and conflicts

Everybody working at a doctoral school knows several cases of conflict between doctoral students and their supervisors. Ways need to be found to deal with each case seperately but also to find an overall procedure to foster the needs of both sides. Humboldt Graduate School developed an interesting format of professional counselling and mediation, which proved to be highly effienct and may act as a role model for other Higher Education Institutions.

Supporting Doctoral Supervision at the University of Graz

Gerald Lind describes the struggles at the University of Graz during the process of establishing the support unit to improve doctoral education "DocServices". Especially the met dissapproval by supervisors due to various reasons was striking. The DocServices team found a successful way of creating a basis of acknowledgement for a new supervisory culture within their institution.

A brief history of the doctorate

If you are working in doctoral education, as administrator, supervisors, higher education professional or in whatever position which places you in close contact with postgraduate education, chances are you are taking “doctorate” or “PhD” as something for granted and commonly understood. This will most likely be true if you are (relatively) new in this job. However, believe it or not, doctorate was not always what it is today. The form it has today, although it can vary a lot from country to country, was very different just twenty years ago. Transferable skills, multiple supervision, quality assurance, career development, different funding possibilities, internationalization, different models of doctorate – these are all relatively new characteristics of the doctorate. Here we will give a brief history of the doctorate, from its beginning in mediaeval ages to the various forms it has today.

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