Focus on realising your potential


 "I used the (Researcher Development Framework) vitae tool at the start of my PhD as I was really lost.

It was fabulous at giving me a comprehensive framework and set of criteria against which I could assess myself."

PhD researcher, University of Manchester

Your doctorate is more than a research project, it is an invaluable opportunity to develop yourself professionally and progress in your career. Make sure you make the most of this time by thinking about, and planning for, what comes next!

Whether you are just starting out or already juggling many balls; browse our advice, guidance and tools to help you. This ‘focus on’ is designed to help you think through your career goals, and discover the myriad of ways in which you can realise your potential as a researcher.

You will need to be registered to our website with your university address to access some of our content.

See our full listing of focus on topics for Vitae members.

Look out for our next Twitter #vitaehangout which will be held on 20 March.

 

 

 

Why focus on professional development?

Why focus on professional development?

Time spent thinking about your values, strengths and areas for development is time well spent

Taking a structured approach to planning your development will enable you to achieve your goals - no matter how big or small.

Through regular professional development planning (PDP) you can:

  • identify and develop the skills and knowledge you need to complete your doctorate
  • be more employable for a range of career paths open to doctoral graduates
  • make more informed choices in your development and your career

New to professional development planning? Try our Professional Development Planning for Researchers online course (PDPROC)

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

The RDF describes the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers.

You can use the RDF to assess your existing skillset, identify areas for development, set goals and monitor progress.

Spotlight on: PhD placements

Spotlight on: PhD placements

Undertaking work experience outside a university research environment, even for a short time, can significantly broaden a doctoral researcher’s career options. Find out more about how to make the most of placement opportunities, as well as how to set up a scheme at your own institution below.

Resources for researcher developers

Resources for researcher developers

From the archive

From the archive

Collections for researchers

Collections for researchers