Periodic Reporting for period 1 - CHAMELEONS (Championing A Multi-Sectoral Education and Learning Experience to Open New Pathways for Doctoral Students)
Reporting period: 2020-03-01 to 2020-11-30
A number of courses from the list, developed in Work Package1 were run throughout the Module 1. The Career mentoring process is being designed and is nearing completion. In Work Package 5. The CHAMELEONS project website has been published www.chameleonsproject.eu. Two CHAMELEONS social media accounts have been created in Twitter (www.twitter.com/chameleons_eu) and in Instagram (www.instagram.com/chameleons_eu). A number of PhD graduates have submitted blogs which have been posted on the website.The CHAMELEONS project blog was created in June 2020 and can be found in www.chameleonsproject.eu/blog. A flyer has been designed and is available on the project website. Three conference presentations will be a made in June 2021, one at the END conference and two at HEA'd conference.
Quantitative and qualitative tracking will continue after CHAMELEONS is completed. CHAMELEONS module designs are can be accessed and downloaded from CHAMELEONS resource portal by actors from multiple sectors, disciplines and geographies
CHAMELEONS graduates and PIs are presenting the CHAMELEONS model at institutions/conferences internationally. CHAMELEONS graduates will remain connected and can continue to feedback.
CHAMELEONS aims to open up career paths for doctoral graduates outside academia. There may be a need for more effective communication of the value of employing doctoral graduates in certain roles and sectors in order to maximize both the opportunities available to doctoral graduates themselves and the benefits of their skills to employers and the economy. Career guidance will help them to navigate these wide-ranging opportunities to channel their focus on careers in and outside academia that best suit their career objectives and personal and research strengths and interests. CHAMELEONS will narrow the skills gap that exists between those needed by PhD graduates who stay in academia, and those who pursue a career outside academia.
The Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills highlights that technological progress and globalization are revolutionizing the way we live, learn, work and do business. Sector-specific skills solutions are called for, based on an industry-led, three-step approach:1) Collect evidence of skills gaps and their potential impact on growth, innovation and competitiveness; 2) Translate sectoral strategy into forecasts and actions on jobs and skills; 3) Roll-out EU sectoral partnerships at national and regional level and expand to more sectors. A report commissioned by the UK Research Council and others has shown that employers value doctoral graduates’ deep specialist subject knowledge, excellent research and analytical skills, their capacity for critical thinking, as well as their ability to bring fresh perspectives to problems or the organization. These skills enable doctoral graduates to innovate, developing new or improved goods, services, processes and ways of working. The evidence shows how doctoral graduates can boost the profile and credibility of an organization, help acquire new clients and income streams, improve profitability and increase sustainability, while at the same time enhancing competitiveness and innovative outputs.