Evaluation and self-reflection of acquired skills



  • Academic competence and readiness for working life
  • Responsibility for continuing professional development

In addition to increasing academic competence, it is important to ensure that doctoral training serves the objectives of professional development and career planning the student has set for him/herself. Supporting and follow-up of the progress of postgraduate studies and dissertation work is a duty of doctoral student's follow-up group. In its annual meeting, the follow-up group discusses, among other things, how student's professional skills have improved during doctoral training. Doctoral student may use ePortfolio, a tool for developing, documenting and presenting competence and experience, to evaluate his/her skills. Support for evaluating and presenting acquired skills is offered by the University Library and Career Services.

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Jyväskylä University Library

The Library offers a course on research merits and The courses are open to all. The language of the courses is Finnish or English.

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Services and materials for researchers

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Career Services

The Career Services unit arranges Creating Careers Lecture series that offers basic information on employment and finding a job. Themes of the lectures include, for example, employment and self-employment, job search in Finland and the productisation of your own competence. The lectures are free for all students of the University of Jyväskylä. Doctoral students can also utilise the CV tailoring services and get useful information for job search, particularly upon applying for a job outside of the University.

Creating Careers Lectures

Support for job search




TOHTOS - Developing the Working Life Relevance of Doctoral Training

ESF funded (European Social Fund) TOHTOS project is implemented during March 1, 2016 – June 30, 2018. It is a nationwide project coordinated by the University of Tampere. The partners are Universities of Eastern Finland, Turku, Vaasa and Oulu. The main goal of TOHTOS project is to expand and diversify the potential of doctoral students to find employment also in other fields than the traditional academic ones.