The idea of Eurodoc’s Employment & Careers is to discuss employment & career issues of early career researchers (doctoral candidates & junior researchers, hereafter ECRs) and to create policy advice from Eurodoc for education and research stakeholders in Europe. We assume that Doctoral Candidates should not be considered students, but professionals in their early stage research career (more here). Early career researchers should have access to training and funding respective to their profession, allowing them to do research and contribute to knowledge. They should be eligible to non-precarious employment, social security provisions (unemployment benefits, parental or sick leaves). What is more, a growing number of doctoral graduates are now leaving academia immediately following graduation and many more after initial postdoc positions. This fact is not reflected enough both by ECRs and the doctoral program coordinators who do not have strategies that could be helpful for preparation of ECRs for their future careers choices and the opportunities of career development in and outside academia. We are more and more alarmed that such a pessimistic view of the future career after many years of efforts is also causing a growing number of mental health problems of ECRs as recent studies show. Therefore, in 2018/19 Employment & Career Development WG wants to raise awareness of recognition of DCs as ECRs with employment status, mental health issues, and flaws of doctoral programs in connection to the ECRs’ careers and development. Secondly, we want to collect data from our NA’s about the employment and career development current situation. Thirdly, this will provide policy recommendations for all relevant stakeholders.
Coordinator: Beata Zwierzynska
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