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Postdoctoral career trajectories: Navigating the future, Lynn McAlpine
We know little of “what our graduates do, how their careers evolve, and how well they are prepared to navigate—and create—the 21st-century global workforce. Making this connection …is critical to the success of both graduate education and the knowledge-based economy.” (Stewart, 2013, p. 41). This study, drawing on our 8-year research program, begins to address this gap by asking the question: What are the career trajectories of Canadian scientists and Canadian and UK social scientists as they navigate their careers post-PhD?
Welcome to Doc Work
MOVING FROM EVIDENCE TO ACTION
We began our research with the purpose of better understanding the reasons for the high non-completion rate amongst doctoral students, especially in the social sciences. Our long-term goal was to improve doctoral completion rates by rethinking existing policies, practices, and pedagogies based on our research evidence.
We soon realized the importance of investigating the experiences of all early career academics (doctoral students, post docs and pre-tenure academics). While we are still committed to understanding why students do not complete, this is only part of a now broader focus on learning, specifically learning how to do academic work and the development of academic identity. We now conceptualize the movement from doctoral student to pre-tenure academic as an identity trajectory. Our current research moves our investigation beyond the social sciences and into the Life Sciences and Applied Sciences.
We (doctoral students and senior academics) are researchers, but we are also fully active members in the same contexts as most of our research participants. We seek to work with the organizations and communities we research; we want to promote positive changes in the milieus in which our research participants work. We hope that our research serves as a vehicle for change, that it might through the sharing of the research findings, contribute to more democratic and equitable opportunities for knowledge and identity development amongst early career academics. Only you will know if we have succeeded.
-Doc Work Research Team
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