Employability development in the context of doctoral studies: systemic tensions and the views of key stakeholders

Elena Golovushkina, Colin Milligan

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    Although the employability of doctoral candidates has been a topic of much discussion, the views of key institutional stakeholders on the subject are little understood. In order to address this gap, this study explores the perceptions of doctoral candidates, supervisors and researcher developers through semi-structured interviews. This small-scale exploratory study adopted activity theory as an analytical lens in order to explore the key components of the employability development process and the tensions that might arise as a result of their interaction.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)194–209
    Number of pages16
    JournalInternational Journal of Training and Development
    Volume17
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - Sep 2013

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    Keywords

    • employability
    • graduates
    • doctoral studies

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    Employability development in the context of doctoral studies: systemic tensions and the views of key stakeholders. / Golovushkina, Elena; Milligan, Colin.

    In: International Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 17, No. 3, 09.2013, p. 194–209.

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