Student: Elena Golovushkina
Supervisor: Colin Milligan
Graduate employability has become a key concern in contemporary debates about the purposes and orientations of HE. Despite an increased focus within contemporary mass higher education on the employability of doctoral researchers and emphasis on the types of skills, knowledge and attitudes they are expected to possess, little empirical research has been carried out into the processes through which employability is developed during candidature.
This study explored the attitudes of social science doctoral researchers and key stakeholders (researcher developers, supervisors), linking these perspectives to existing skills development frameworks and current approaches to development of employability.
The project sought to provide a deeper understanding of the learning processes involved in preparing doctoral candidates for various career destinations. Acknowledging the importance of the environment (community, rules, physical facilities) in the learning process, the study also examines their role in this process.
Exploration of the views of doctoral researchers and key stakeholders is also expected to contribute to our understanding of the ways that the development of employability can be enhanced during candidature.
The study produced two papers:
and a number of conference presentations:
Elena completed her studies in January 2013, successfully defending her thesis entitled: Employability development in the context of PhD studies: Exploring the views and experiences of key stakeholders. She is now working in Argentina.