Discover So you’ve decided to pursue additional academic qualifications through a Ph.D. programme at the HSG. Off you go! You are now part of a group of around 700 Ph.D. students at the HSG. Around half of them are employed with one of the institutes, chairs or centres, usually with a workload of between 35% and 70%. According to the European Commission’s classification, you are part of the group known as First Stage Researchers. This group is characterised by the fact that they carry out research not independently but under the supervision of an experienced academic, as well as developing knowledge of research methodologies and discipline. The primary objective in this phase is to successfully complete your dissertation. According to the OECD international comparison, Switzerland has the highest graduation rate at doctoral level (SBFI 2014), meaning that Ph.D. studies can be viewed as advanced training that leads into the world of academia or applied research. In Germany, fewer than 6% of Ph.D. graduates move into permanent academic positions (Cyranoski 2011). The figure is likely to be similar in Switzerland. When it comes to opportunities on the job market, a Ph.D. in humanities or social sciences has a positive impact (SWIR 2015) We have seen that this career phase typically involves: Getting your bearings in a new environment and understanding the unspoken rules of the academic system Not spreading yourself too thin during the writing of your PhD thesis Building an academic network Developing research expertise and knowledge of methodologies Building confidence in discussions and presentation situations And what is the advice of your peers? Watch their video statements! Below is an example of how your to-do list might look: 1. Reflect on your decision to pursue a Ph.D. 2. Build your community at the HSG 3. Find a mentor 4. Develop your speaking and presentation skills 5. Build an international network 6. Train in creative and visual thinking 7. Check your resources (right-hand navigation bar "Downloads") References: Cyranoski, D. et al (2011): The PhD factory. Nature 472, 276-279. Schweizerischer Wissenschafts- und Innovationsrat (SWIR) (2015): Dr. Arbeitslos?. Document CSSI 6/2015 Staatssekretariat für Bildung, Forschung und Innovation (SBFI) (2014): Massnahmen zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses in der Schweiz. Bericht des Bundesrats in Erfüllung des Postulats WBK-SR (12.3343).