Source: What do researchers do? First destination of doctoral graduates by subject. June 2009 CRAC www.vitae.ac.uk
What do employers want to know?
Can you do the job
Will you fit in
Have you got potential
Will you be committed
The application process will test all of these
The survey asked employers to rate researchers’ skills:
1. data analysis
2. problem solving
3. drive and motivation
4. project management
5. interpersonal skills
7. commercial awareness
“ How would you expect a PhD holder to perform in the following areas?” Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Data analysis 100% 100% 91% 91% Problem solving 100% 88% 89% 83% Drive and motivation 100% 84% 59% 74% Project management 83% 36% 70% 39% Interpersonal skills 67% 56% 39% 26% Leadership 67% 28% 24% 17% Commercial awareness 50% 20% 28% 22%
Academic employers expect a mix of:
Order depending on kind of work.
Identify skills in a job advertisement
Describe a recent experience of working with other people. What did you contribute and what was the outcome?
Give an example of a situation where you solved a problem in a creative way.
Describe how you handled a situation where you had to initiate and complete a task in the face of resistance from others.