Careers of doctorate holders

“Holders of doctorate degrees or other research qualifications are crucial to the creation, commercialization and dissemination of knowledge and to innovation. Until now, however, there has been little information about their careers and labour market mobility.”

Careers of dctorate holders – Statistics Explained

Some interesting picks:

“The share of inactive doctorate holders varies between the countries but does not exceed 5 %. Significant percentages are noted in Latvia (5.9 %) and Finland (7.6 %).”

Latvia has the highest % women, so the fact that some are inactive can be more readily explained by e.g. being on parental leave while not in employment.

Another one on reverse mobility (or return migration):

“Most .. moved back to their country of residence because of academic factors, family or personal reasons or due to other job related or economic factors.”

Too bad figures are not given (or I am too lazy to look for them right now), however seems like perhaps the academic job market still provides for those who “sent them”. However then one should also know where the actual research /PhD degree was obtained. At least in the UK there seems to be some positive bias towards those whose degree/institution is readily recognised. And perhaps this would be even more true for the smaller European countries with a less mobile work force (or should i say “student-force”). After all, they would have all the reason to acknowledge foreign, good-quality institutions, since the national ones have no way of competing on the true international market of higher education. At least most Finnish institutions don’t. [Still many Finnish employers will not be able to recognise world class institutions based abroad such as UCL.]

However, in one’s CV, one can always write a line next to the degree obtained, saying: This is the top institution in my country/field of study. A tip that I once got from a friendly consultant.

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