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Cusack, T., Mountford, N., Isomursu, M., Garcia, G. G., Filos, D. & Chouvarda, I. (2021). Interdisciplinary and intersectoral doctoral education designed to improve graduate employability. Education and New Developments 2021, 643–645.

Interdisciplinary and intersectoral doctoral education designed to improve graduate employability

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Author: Cusack, Tara1; Mountford, Nicola2; Isomursu, Minna3;
Organizations: 1School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, University College Dublin, (Ireland)
2School of Business, Maynooth University (Ireland)
3University of Oulu (Finland)
4Laboratory of Computing, Medical Informatics and Biomedical Imaging Technologies, School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, (Greece)
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: InScience Press, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-01-24


Typically, less than half of doctoral graduates will be employed in academia immediately after graduation, with less than 10%-15% achieving a long-term academic career. This leaves 85–90% of PhD graduates seeking employment outside the academic setting, for example in industry and government. The objective of the CHAMELEONS study (CHampioning A Multi-sectoral Education and Learning Experience to Open New pathways for doctoral Students) is to develop innovative educational interventions that shape more adaptable, entrepreneurial, and employable graduates, ready to meet the challenges of the future. Stakeholders from the connected health industry, clinical care, charities, patients, patient representatives, government, recent doctoral graduates, and academics were invited to participate in a “World Café” participatory method for collecting qualitative data. Owing to the COVID–19 health situation this took place via Zoom. Analysis of the results revealed 4 key learning objectives for doctoral graduates to: 1. Develop networking and communication skills. 2. Understand user centred research design. 3. Market research capacity and research skills. 4. Build an understanding of themselves and others. This led to the development of three bespoke doctoral modules: 1. Forging relationships: Building and Sustaining your Doctoral Network; 2. Managing the Project: Keeping on Track with an Eye to the future; Module 3: Starting your Career: Future Proofing your Career and Getting a Job. These modules are available to doctoral students across five European Universities.

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Series: Education and new developments
ISSN: 2184-044X
ISSN-E: 2184-044X
ISSN-L: 2184-044X
ISBN Print: 978-989-54815-8-3
Pages: 643 - 645
DOI: 10.36315/2021end136
Host publication: Education and new developments 2021
Host publication editor: Carmo, Mafalda
Conference: International Conference on Education and New Developments (END)
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 873105.
EU Grant Number: (873105) CHAMELEONS - Championing A Multi-Sectoral Education and Learning Experience to Open New Pathways for Doctoral Students
Copyright information: Copyright © 2021 inScience Press. Published in this repository with the kind permission of the publisher.