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