Intrinsic Activity, 2016; 4 (Suppl. 1): A3.5
EMBL Conference:
Lifelong Learning in the Biomedical Sciences
Heildelberg, 5 – 7 July 2016
Intrinsic Activity,
2016; 4 (Suppl. 1):

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PhD Competence Model
Marlies Stouthard1,* and Adrian Cohen2
  1. 1Academic Medical Center – University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  2. Radboud UMC, The Netherlands
* Presenting author: e-mail

Aim: In an increasingly competitive academic world, doctoral researchers need to be more conscious of the importance of developing competences and transferable skills.

Problem: More competition and less funding equates to uncertain career paths. PhD candidates routinely acquire competences and skills during the PhD track through on-the-job training and doctoral education. Selling their capabilities is crucial to convince potential employers of their added value to the labour market.

Result: The PhD Competence Model is a self-assessment tool to help PhD candidates more efficiently direct their time towards improving skills areas that are most needed for their own personal career development. It provides a clear understanding of how PhD candidates should develop as highly qualified research professionals. Seven competence areas are defined: at the centre Research Skills and Knowledge, surrounded by Responsible Conduct of Research, Personal Effectiveness, Professional Development, Leadership and Management, Communication, and Teaching. Each area comprises a number of specific competences. PhD candidates judge themselves, in comparison with peers. Results are shown in a spider graph.

Conclusion: The PhD Competence Model is an easy-to-use self-assessment tool to increase awareness of needed and acquired competences for PhD candidates, to improve career planning.

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published online:
29 August 2016