CEN Workshop on ‘Good practice for implementation of a career-tracking survey for post-graduates’

'Career tracking' has become increasingly recognized as a necessary monitoring tool to map PhD graduate career paths and evaluate the PhD skills training. It is useful and efficient tool for producing high-quality data concerning PhD employability and it also fosters increasing interaction with and exposure to the non-academic sector.

The CWA to develop is related to the DocEnhance project, short for 'Enhancing skills intelligence and integration into existing PhD programmes by providing transferable skills training through an open online platform'. The aim of the DocEnhance project is the development of a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) and the project is EU funded under H2020-SwafS-08-2019 'Research innovation needs & skills training in PhD programmes'.

 

DocEnhance aims to enhance transferable skills intelligence and integration into existing PhD programmes by developing an employment and innovation-oriented curriculum for PhD programmes, facilitating business-education partnerships, and tracking PhD graduate career paths.

 

The main objective of the career-tracking survey is to facilitate a sustainable and harmonized assessment of PhD education. The good practice recommendation for implementation of the survey represents a practical guide for European and non-European universities, who may wish to implement career-tracking studies.

 

The purpose of this workshop is to create consensus-based guidelines with recommendations for implementation of career-tracking survey of PhD holders.

 

It is proposed to develop a CWA on the good practice for implementation of a career-tracking survey for post-graduates due to the following reasons:

  • need for producing high-quality data concerning PhD employability and skills training;
  • collect feedback from PhD holders working in the academic and non-academic sectors to continuously update training curricula;
  • track the quality of doctoral education and the relevance of PhD curricula;
  • stimulate interactions through PhD’s networking (alumni);
  • implementation of career-tracking survey for individual higher educational institutions (HEIs) awarding doctoral degrees;
  • intended to be used by doctorate awarding organisations wishing to collect information on the employability and skills usage of their doctorate graduates;
  • development of a practical guide for European and non-European universities, who may wish to implement career-tracking studies.

The kick-off meeting will be held on 15 November 2022 on remote. People interested to participate in the kick-off meeting can register through the form below.

 

All interested parties are invited to submit comments on the draft Project Plan using the commenting form below, to the Workshop secretary, Mr Rolf DUUS (rdu@standard.noby 1 November 2022.

 

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