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Implementing an IDP at KU Leuven

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Presentation from ORPHEUS 2017 conference in Klaipeda
Raising awareness amongst PhD researchers AND supervisors

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Implementing an IDP at KU Leuven

  1. 1. 6/05/2017 1 Implementing an IDP at KU Leuven; Raising awareness amongst PhD researchers AND supervisors John Creemers Director Doctoral School Biomedical Sciences KU Leuven Belgium 5 May 2017 2
  2. 2. 6/05/2017 2 Why do we need an Individual Development Plan? How does our Individual Development Plan work? 3 An IDP helps PhD researchers to map their academic and professional development IDP Skills, Training, Teaching Research Career planning …together with your supervisor
  3. 3. 6/05/2017 3 IDPs are commonly used in the USA 5 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.molcel.2015.04.025 The majority of PhDs leave academia 6 Source: VRWB Public sector Industry Academic professorship 9% of PhD graduates 91% of PhD graduates NGO Teaching Post- doc Academic career PhD 100% Non-academic career Permanent staff 34% 66% 18% 82% Academic Non- Academic
  4. 4. 6/05/2017 4 The majority of PhDs leave academia 7 Source: VRWB Public sector Industry Academic professorship 9% of PhD graduates 91% of PhD graduates NGO Teaching Post- doc Academic career PhD 100% Non-academic career Permanent staff 34% 66% 18% 82% Academic Non- Academic Which skills are missing after PhD training? 8NEEDED SKILLS current job ACQUIRED SKILLS during PhD Industry Services Public sector Private non-profit Higher education University + Research skills Personal effectiveness Communication skills Team skills Management skills ECOOM: CDH (2010) Belgium N=4190
  5. 5. 6/05/2017 5 9 ECOOM-CDH (2010) – Data for Flanders & Prof. Luc Sels - Economics & Business (2013) A PhD will (also) get you a (better paid) job outside academia Unemployed PhDs in Biomed. Sci. 0.6% (4/618) Increase in salary (PhD vs MSc) 9% The more doctoral candidates anticipate the preparation for their career, the greater will be their job satisfaction and the easier their job search… 10 Survey: Pierre & Marie Curie University (2014)
  6. 6. 6/05/2017 6 An IDP facilitates constructive discussions between PhD researchers and supervisors The value of an IDP is acknowledged by alumni
  7. 7. 6/05/2017 7 Why do we need an IDP? How does our IDP work? 13 Acknowledgements for IDP@KUL-BMS 14 Joey Barnett Vice-dean, Vanderbilt University, USA Christophe Vandenbriele Postdoc Representative KU Leuven Bart Nuttin Research Coordinator KU Leuven Brenda Aerts Doctoral School KU Leuven
  8. 8. 6/05/2017 8 Our IDP starts with long-term objectives 15 o Academic vs non-academic? o What have you done to prepare yourself? o What competences do you want/need to develop? o What resources do you need & can your PI help? .…before planning for the upcoming year 16 o What are your main research goals? o Which actions will you take for your career? o What is the time line for these actions? o How can your supervisor help? o How can you improve? (Q for supervisor)
  9. 9. 6/05/2017 9 The online tool (Toledo) requires input from both you and your supervisor 17 o PhD researcher fills out his/her part (info via web links) o Sends it to supervisor (‘ask for feedback’) o Have a face-to-face meeting with the supervisor o After discussing the IDP, it is finalized (e-signed) o Upload PDF as milestone The IDP has to be completed twice during your PhD Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Charter o/t PhD res. & promotor Provisional doctoral plan 1st year valuation Research seminar Final doctoral plan IDP E-portfolio Thesis manuscript (turnitin lirias) IDP defence Scientific Integrity I Scientific Integrity II
  10. 10. 6/05/2017 10 Conclusions 19 o The IDP aims to stimulate career planning of PhD researchers o Makes supervisors aware of their responsibility in career development of their PhD researchers Your PhD your future

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