Modern Day Challenges in Academia
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Modern Day Challenges in Academia

Time for a Change

Edited by Marilena Antoniadou and Mark Crowder

Examining the modern day challenges faced by academics throughout their working lives, this timely book investigates the ways in which academic careers are changing, the reasons for these changes and their potential future impacts. Contributors with insider experience of both traditional research focussed universities and newer institutions with an emphasis on teaching, utilise theoretical and empirical methods to provide international perspectives on the key issues confronting modern day academics.
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Chapter 19: Academics moving from higher education institutions: careers of PhDs after graduation

Annette Rasmussen and Karen E. Andreasen


To invest in a PhD for some means pursuing a research career at university. To leave university at that point requires that after graduation the PhDs gain employment and that the skills they develop through their PhDs match the tasks they face in the labour market. Therefore, there has been an interest in investigating the competences and career paths of the PhDs in recent years. This applies especially to the PhDs within the humanities and social sciences. Drawing on data from a Danish research project investigating these groups, and on the theoretical framework of Pierre Bourdieu, the chapter analyses the career strategies of the groups of PhDs who remain in academia and those who leave university for other jobs.

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