On 2 December 2020 the PRIDE webinar explored the topic “Careers in academia: well-being and mental health of young researchers”. Interviewed by Lisette Schmidt, Gábor Kismihókis, expert in Researcher Career Management and chair of the recently started COST Action on Researcher Mental Health, and Desiree Dickerson, psychologist and experienced trainer, talk about difficult circumstances in academic life that challenge the well-being of young researchers.
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, doctoral education and the PhD have felt the repercussions of national and global instability – both politically, socially, and institutionally. With the economic recession and changes in job-markets around the world, academic employability is drying up, which makes future employability prospects for PhD holders even more unpredictable. Currently, PhD students experience having their data collection disrupted, becoming isolated and lonely when removed from their research environments and research teams, and doctoral supervision and peer support have to find new forms of expression and new communication formats digitally. However, we also witness new possibilities for re-imagining and re-defining doctoral study and the societal and cultural importance of research and the PhD. Further, we detect a renewed institutional focus on inter-connectivity and sustainable academic communities for newer researchers.
Join the good-practice sharing workshop to hear case-studies from Research England/Office for Students Catalyst Fund projects sharing their approaches to enhancing the initial and ongoing professional development of research supervisors to better support the mental wellbeing of postgraduate researchers.
On 15 November 2018 the second webinar of the PRIDE association explored the implementation and assessment of transferable skills trainings. We invited two experts to share their experiences with us: Verity Elston leads the career counselling service for PhDs and postdocs at the University of Lausanne Graduate Campus. Christian Dumpitak is Managing Director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate and Research Academy Düsseldorf.