Recently, the Collège doctoral de Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech conducted a survey of doctoral graduates to find out about their opportunities.
Since obtaining their doctorate, most respondents have had only one job (86%).
For most of them, the search for this first job was carried out without any problems (60%).
If they have had difficulties, they would be mainly related to increased competition for the targeted positions (18%), overqualification (16%), overspecialization (14%), scarcity of job offers (12%) and lack of information on job opportunities in the field (12%).
However, for 77% of the respondents, obtaining a doctorate made it easier for them to hire. They cite 3 main reasons: experience (41%), the need to have the title (33%) and entry into the world of research (26%).
Doctors are employed mainly as civil servants (54%) or as managers or employees in the private sector (23%). They have an open-ended contract (77%) and work full-time (94%), mainly in research and development (36%) or in education and training (34%).
In terms of skills, respondents confirm that those acquired during their doctorate (scientific writing, oral writing, scientific presentation, oral presentation, autonomy, team management, experience planning, scientific approach, critical thinking, specialization and project management) are used in their jobs. The most commonly used skills would be oral and written communication to the general public and language skills.
Finally, the doctors surveyed said they were prepared to do a thesis again if this were to be done (81%) and would recommend that a doctoral thesis be carried out for a person with a university graduate degree (87%).