Tracking multiple career pathways of doctoral candidates

September 3, 2020 2:30 - 4:00

Location: Room 27B


Career development of early-stage researchers has become an important aspect of doctoral education as doctoral graduates are increasingly seen as key contributors to the knowledge society. As nowadays academic careers vary and doctoral candidates follow multiple career pathways, universities are progressively introducing in their support structures a career development component for doctoral candidates and graduates. Consequently, institutional career tracking of doctoral graduates has gained relevance. Career tracking systems are very useful to receive feedback on the types of support already provided to doctoral candidates. They also allow universities to better demonstrate the contribution of doctoral education to society and to adjust the training and skills development for doctoral candidates. In 2019 EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) established a Thematic Peer Group (TPG) on “Career Development and Tracking in Doctoral Education”. Its members discussed in detail different approaches that have been implemented in Europe and addressed the main challenges related to career tracking. This group contains representatives of 15 universities from 10 countries. As a result of this TPG, a short report is going to be published early in 2020. In the proposed panel, we will discuss the motivations to track careers, how to best follow career pathways of doctoral graduates and what the main challenges are. Panelists will present good practice examples of career tracking and participants will be asked to share their ideas. To engage with the audience more directly, we will use online interaction tools. The panel will also serve to present the final report of the thematic peer group to the science community and discuss its results. Besides members of the thematic peer group, this panel also includes representatives from key stakeholders who will provide their views and will share their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of tracking doctoral holders.

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