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The PhD Graduand – the
hidden talents that lie within
Dr Ray Wallace CAS
cvas.org.uk
Why should we turn our
attention to hidden talents?
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These recent reports provide some very interesting facts
Some general salient points:
• The number of doctorates being obt...
These recent reports provide some very interesting facts
Some general salient points:
• PhD graduate jobs may not meet can...
These recent reports provide some very interesting facts
Some salient points appertaining to China:
• China is the world l...
Graduation Day
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Graduation Day + 1
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The reality
of finding a
job sets in
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….. but doctoral graduands have so much
more to offer
……. but do they all realise?
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Deciding Factor Employment Market
Research Career
Requires
• Tenacity
• ...
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Research Training assumes a
prominence
Training for a Research Career
Hi...
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Taught or
acquired
through self
development?
Supervisor or
graduate
scho...
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TENSIONS
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Communication
Skills
Emotional
Intelligence
People
Management
Intellectu...
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Communication
Skills
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Communication
Skills
Computer Skills
Reading &
Speed Reading
Core Practi...
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Communication
Skills
Critical
Thinking
Independent
......Working
Self-co...
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Communication
Skills
Reasoning Skills
Analysing Innovation
Problem
Solvi...
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Communication
Skills
Organisational Skills
Perseverance Prioritisation
T...
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Communication
Skills
Collaboration Engagement
Networking Team Working
Co...
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Emotional
Intelligence
People
Management
Intellectual
Insight
Managing
A...
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Developing these complex interactive and
intellectual skills I would arg...
CAS
© Ray Wallace 2014
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The presentation reveals those key skills which PhD students/researchers acquire (sometimes unbeknowingly) during their period of study. The presentation highlights the explosive growth of the ‘PhD market’ especially in China and looks at two basic scenarios – those graduands who will continue in research and perhaps a majority who will not. Attention is drawn to the Vitae Organisation researcher development framework and in particular the Employability Lens for careers outside academia. The skills (knowledge, behaviour & attitude) which are highlighted in the lens are possibly better expressed in the form of an outer circle of key transferrable skills which all PhD students should be capable acquiring during their PhD studies. However it is the inner circle of complex interactive and intellectual skills which will be those most sought after by future employers and these will be the skills that that will take graduates the furthest in careers outside academia. Ray Wallace has coined the term ‘EPIMERIC’ for these skills. Not everyone will have these skills and attention should be given by graduate schools to investigating how students might acquire these skills during their studies. One suggestion is a secondment to industry/commerce for a short period. The transformation of undergraduate students taking internships as part of their degree programmes is well documented.

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PhD Graduand

  1. 1. The PhD Graduand – the hidden talents that lie within Dr Ray Wallace CAS cvas.org.uk
  2. 2. Why should we turn our attention to hidden talents? EU-CHINA DOC Conference, Brussels 8-9 May 2014 2
  3. 3. EU-CHINA DOC Conference, Brussels 8-9 May 2014 3
  4. 4. EU-CHINA DOC Conference, Brussels 8-9 May 2014 4
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  7. 7. These recent reports provide some very interesting facts Some general salient points: • The number of doctorates being obtained worldwide is rapidly increasing • The huge increase in doctoral candidates means there is now a much more diverse PhD graduate population than in even the recent past • Globally, at least in some disciplines, universities are producing too many PhD graduates
  8. 8. These recent reports provide some very interesting facts Some general salient points: • PhD graduate jobs may not meet candidates expectations • In some cases people having a PhD are seen as over-qualified or as being likely to be deficient in some of the generic attributes necessary for a good employee • In the UK, almost 80 percent of people achieving PhDs in science will eventually find careers outside science
  9. 9. These recent reports provide some very interesting facts Some salient points appertaining to China: • China is the world leader in producing PhDs • Each qualified Chinese professor has to supervise 5.77 doctorate candidates, much higher than the average ratio internationally • Unemployment in China among new postgraduates has been rising for the past seven or so years and was higher than for undergraduates in the three years to 2012
  10. 10. Graduation Day EU-CHINA DOC Conference, Brussels 8-9 May 2014 10
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  12. 12. Graduation Day + 1 EU-CHINA DOC Conference, Brussels 8-9 May 2014 12
  13. 13. EU-CHINA DOC Conference, Brussels 8-9 May 2014 13 The reality of finding a job sets in
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  17. 17. ….. but doctoral graduands have so much more to offer ……. but do they all realise? EU-CHINA DOC Conference, Brussels 8-9 May 2014 17
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  24. 24. EU-CHINA DOC Conference, Brussels 8-9 May 2014 24 Deciding Factor Employment Market Research Career Requires • Tenacity • High Competence Non-Research Career Requires • Broader Vision • Adaptability
  25. 25. EU-CHINA DOC Conference, Brussels 8-9 May 2014 25 Research Training assumes a prominence Training for a Research Career Hidden Skills assume a prominence Training for a Broader Rôle
  26. 26. EU-CHINA DOC Conference, Brussels 8-9 May 2014 26 Taught or acquired through self development? Supervisor or graduate school led?
  27. 27. EU-CHINA DOC Conference, Brussels 8-9 May 2014 27 TENSIONS
  28. 28. EU-CHINA DOC Conference, Brussels 8-9 May 2014 28 Communication Skills Emotional Intelligence People Management Intellectual Insight Managing Ambiguity Enterprise Skills Responsiveness to Change Influence & Leadership Commercial Awareness
  29. 29. EU-CHINA DOC Conference, Brussels 8-9 May 2014 29 Communication Skills
  30. 30. EU-CHINA DOC Conference, Brussels 8-9 May 2014 30 Communication Skills Computer Skills Reading & Speed Reading Core Practical Skills
  31. 31. EU-CHINA DOC Conference, Brussels 8-9 May 2014 31 Communication Skills Critical Thinking Independent ......Working Self-confidence Self-drive Self Skills
  32. 32. EU-CHINA DOC Conference, Brussels 8-9 May 2014 32 Communication Skills Reasoning Skills Analysing Innovation Problem Solving Synthesising
  33. 33. EU-CHINA DOC Conference, Brussels 8-9 May 2014 33 Communication Skills Organisational Skills Perseverance Prioritisation Time Management Working to Deadlines
  34. 34. EU-CHINA DOC Conference, Brussels 8-9 May 2014 34 Communication Skills Collaboration Engagement Networking Team Working Cooperational Skills
  35. 35. EU-CHINA DOC Conference, Brussels 8-9 May 2014 35 Emotional Intelligence People Management Intellectual Insight Managing Ambiguity Enterprise Skills Responsiveness to Change Influence & Leadership Commercial Awareness EPIMERIC# #Epimeric – having the qualities of epimers (either of two isomers differing in the configuration about a single asymmetric carbon atom in a compound containing other asymmetric carbon atoms) Identical yet not
  36. 36. EU-CHINA DOC Conference, Brussels 8-9 May 2014 36 Developing these complex interactive and intellectual skills I would argue is the key goal in producing highly marketable non- research orientated graduands who will play important rôles in society at large
  37. 37. CAS © Ray Wallace 2014

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