What do researchers do? Doctoral graduate destinations and impact three years on, 2010

Hunt W, Jagger N, Metcalfe J, Pollard E | Vitae Report  | The Careers Research and Advisory Centre | Aug 2010

A supply of highly skilled people is critical to the economic growth and social well-being of the UK.

This report presents, for the first time, the career destinations and impact of research graduates three years after graduation. It shows that doctoral graduates feel their studies increase their capacity to contribute to innovation and make a real difference in the workplace.

Making use of excellent people, their knowledge and skills can lead to better policy making, enhanced economic growth, and improvements in the health and welfare of the population.

The report examines people’s motivations for undertaking doctoral study, the employment rates and occupations of graduates and the extent to which doctoral graduates have an impact in their job.