Using stakeholder insights to enhance engagement in PhD professional development

Deepti Ramadoss, Amanda F. Bolgioni, Rebekah L. Layton, Janet Alder, Natalie Lundsteen, C. Abigail Stayart, Jodi B. Yellin, Conrad L. Smart, Susi S. Varvayanis

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There is increasing awareness of the need for pre- and post-doctoral professional development and career guidance, however many academic institutions are only beginning to build out these functional roles. As a graduate career educator, accessing vast silos and resources at a university and with industry-partners can be daunting, yet collaboration and network development are crucial to the success of any career and professional development office. To better inform and direct these efforts, forty-five stakeholders external and internal to academic institutions were identified and interviewed to gather perspectives on topics critical to career development offices. Using a stakeholder engagement visualization tool developed by the authors, strengths and weaknesses can be assessed. General themes from interviews with internal and external stakeholders are discussed to provide various stakeholder subgroup perspectives to help prepare for successful interactions. Benefits include increased engagement and opportunities to collaborate, and to build or expand graduate career development offices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0262191
JournalPloS one
Issue number1 January
StatePublished - Jan 2022

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