From PhD to initial employment: the doctorate in a knowledge economy

Ruth Neumann, Kim Khim Tan

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Within universities there is often still an implicit assumption that the doctorate is preparation for an academic career. Yet for over a decade there has been evidence in a number of Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries that there are increasing numbers of students undertaking a doctorate and that larger proportions of doctoral graduates are taking up nonacademic employment. This article presents findings from a study of Australian doctoral employment destinations for the period 2000-2007. These findings are also discussed in terms of disciplinary and institutional variations. Comparisons are made with European and US studies on employment trends, contributing to a more international picture of doctoral outcomes in terms of employment. The study utilises a public policy framework within the context of the development of knowledge economies, outcomes-based judgements on education and the professionalisation of the doctorate in Australia and other OECD countries.

LanguageEnglish
Pages601-614
Number of pages14
JournalStudies in Higher Education
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

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Neumann, Ruth ; Tan, Kim Khim. / From PhD to initial employment : the doctorate in a knowledge economy. In: Studies in Higher Education. 2011 ; Vol. 36, No. 5. pp. 601-614.
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