Identify Your Skills
Postgraduate research students develop many skills while completing their PhDs, including both research-focussed and generic skills. The Research Councils’ Joint Skills Statement (2001) outlines the generic skills that postgraduate research students would be expected to develop during a PhD under the following headings:
- Research skills and techniques
- Research environment
- Research management
- Personal effectiveness
- Communication skills
- Networking and teamworking
- Career management
To help students develop and practice these skills, Queen’s offer a comprehensive programme of courses through the Postgraduate Skills Training Programme . Before selecting the courses you wish to register for, you will have the opportunity to complete a Skills Analysis Questionnaire with your supervisor which will help you to identify your training needs.
It can also be a useful exercise to think about, and record, the evidence you might use to demonstrate your skills to a prospective employer. One method of combining and recording generic skills training, subject specific training and informal learning and development, is to make use of a Personal Development Planning (PDP) system- "a structured and supported process undertaken by an individual to reflect upon their own learning and performance and/ or achievement". (QAA Guidelines for HE progress files). An online portfolio is accessible to all PhD students at Queen's through Queen’s Online.