UNIL aims to gain a better understanding of the career paths of its doctorate holders in order to ensure the quality of doctoral training and to highlight the range of possible careers after a doctorate. To this end, the Graduate Campus regularly conducts surveys among UNIL doctorate holders.
After an initial survey carried out in 2018-2019 on UNIL doctorate holders from the 2007 to 2017 cohorts, the Graduate Campus has been conducting since 2021 an annual survey on the professional situation of UNIL doctors three years after completion of their doctorate. The annual survey makes it possible to monitor, cohort after cohort, the evolution of doctorate holders careers, the relevance of their doctorate to their professional activities, as well as their expectations and degree of satisfaction with regard to their professional life after the doctorate.
These themes coincide with two areas of reflection and action by the Graduate Campus:
- The quality of doctoral education in terms of preparing doctoral candidates for their future professional paths;
- Raising awareness among early-career researchers and supervisors of the diversity of career options after the doctorate and promoting the value of the doctorate among employers.
These aspects are given particular attention by academic institutions at Swiss, European and international level.
The annual survey contributes to the mission of the Graduate Campus to accompany and support doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in their professional development, and to support the University in its efforts to raise awareness, both internally and externally, of the professional potential of the next generation of researchers trained at the University.
The annual survey is thus part of the Graduate Campus' response to points 2.1.2 and 4.1.1 of UNIL Rectorate’s 2021-2026 Statement of Intent. It also meets one of the key recommendations of the OECD Expert Group report on the promotion of diverse career pathways for doctorate holders concerning the visibility and valorisation of diverse career options within and beyond academia.