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Professional pathways: Navigating the professional academic landscape post PhD


MacDonald, AJ, Professional pathways: Navigating the professional academic landscape post PhD, AARE 2017 Conference Papers, 26-30 November 2017, Canberra, Australia (2017) [Plenary Presentation]

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While the doctorate was once perceived as preparation for an academic position, internationally more than half of all graduates leave the higher education sector by choice or lack of opportunity (McAlpine & Emmioğlu, 2015). Recent research exploring how post-docs navigate their professional landscape indicates that certain existing and acquired academic practices, attributes, dispositions and behaviours collectively form a type of doctoral capital that alumni can then use in the academic market place (Walker & Yoon, 2017). This panel has been assembled in response to the indicated curiosity of our AARE postgraduate student and Early Career Researcher audience, in which we will explore the post-doctoral pathway experiences of four academics, spanning early through to established and consolidated career trajectories. In extrapolating their journeys, we will then together have opportunity to make individual and shared meaning of our own and our peers potential post-PhD pathways, and attempt to make sense of today’s academic landscape for those seeking to work in Education-centric academic contexts.

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Item Type:Plenary Presentation
Keywords:Early career academics, postgraduate students, academia
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:MacDonald, AJ (Dr Abbey MacDonald)
ID Code:122800
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-11-29
Last Modified:2017-11-30

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