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Ph.D. graduates in the humanities and social sciences: what do they do?

Hanne Derycke UGent, Adriana Johanna te Kaat UGent, Ronan Van Rossem UGent, Hans Groenvynck UGent and Karen Vandevelde UGent (2014) INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR EDUCATION LAW AND POLICY. 10(1). p.69-80
abstract
In recent years, more and more doctorate holders in Belgium and other OECD countries are employed in jobs outside academia. Particularly little is known about careers of graduates in the social sciences and the humanities (SSH). Therefore, this paper addresses several aspects of their careers. Based on the Belgian CDH data 2010, 919 doctorate holders were surveyed. We found that academia is the largest sector of employment for doctorate holders in humanities and social sciences but there is variation among cohorts and various subdisciplines within SSH. Only for a minority of the doctorate holders working outside higher education, a doctoral degree is required. Compared to other fields of study, doctorate holders in SSH experienced a difficult transition from academia to other sectors of employment. Despite these findings, Ph.D. holders in SSH feel their research experience is an asset for their current job. Future research needs to explore how the training of Ph.D. students can facilitate the transition to the non-academic labour market.
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journal title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR EDUCATION LAW AND POLICY
Eur. J. Educ. Law Policy
volume
10
issue
1
pages
69 - 80
ISSN
1574-3454
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
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A2
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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3000468
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-3000468
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2012-09-27 15:41:25
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2014-08-25 15:56:46
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  abstract     = {In recent years, more and more doctorate holders in Belgium and other OECD countries are employed in jobs outside academia. Particularly little is known about careers of graduates in the social sciences and the humanities (SSH). Therefore, this paper addresses several aspects of their careers. Based on the Belgian CDH data 2010, 919 doctorate holders were surveyed. We found that academia is the largest sector of employment for doctorate holders in humanities and social sciences but there is variation among cohorts and various subdisciplines within SSH. Only for a minority of the doctorate holders working outside higher education, a doctoral degree is required. Compared to other fields of study, doctorate holders in SSH experienced a difficult transition from academia to other sectors of employment. Despite these findings, Ph.D. holders in SSH feel their research experience is an asset for their current job. Future research needs to explore how the training of Ph.D. students can facilitate the transition to the non-academic labour market.},
  author       = {Derycke, Hanne and te Kaat, Adriana Johanna and Van Rossem, Ronan and Groenvynck, Hans and Vandevelde, Karen},
  issn         = {1574-3454},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR EDUCATION LAW AND POLICY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {69--80},
  title        = {Ph.D. graduates in the humanities and social sciences: what do they do?},
  volume       = {10},
  year         = {2014},
}

Chicago
Derycke, Hanne, Adriana Johanna te Kaat, Ronan Van Rossem, Hans Groenvynck, and Karen Vandevelde. 2014. “Ph.D. Graduates in the Humanities and Social Sciences: What Do They Do?” International Journal for Education Law and Policy 10 (1): 69–80.
APA
Derycke, H., te Kaat, A. J., Van Rossem, R., Groenvynck, H., & Vandevelde, K. (2014). Ph.D. graduates in the humanities and social sciences: what do they do? INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR EDUCATION LAW AND POLICY, 10(1), 69–80.
Vancouver
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Derycke H, te Kaat AJ, Van Rossem R, Groenvynck H, Vandevelde K. Ph.D. graduates in the humanities and social sciences: what do they do? INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR EDUCATION LAW AND POLICY. 2014;10(1):69–80.
MLA
Derycke, Hanne, Adriana Johanna te Kaat, Ronan Van Rossem, et al. “Ph.D. Graduates in the Humanities and Social Sciences: What Do They Do?” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR EDUCATION LAW AND POLICY 10.1 (2014): 69–80. Print.