- for many postgraduates, undertaking a doctorate is an exploratory career stage, not a definite first step to a research career
- their choice to undertake doctoral research is overwhelmingly for intellectual curiosity and interest
- about half of final-year doctoral researchers are thinking about working in higher education, although the vast majority intend to pursue occupations or careers which relate to their research discipline
- doctoral researchers tend to seek work that is interesting and exciting rather than being driven by opportunities for high financial reward
- for most doctoral researchers, this aspirational mind-set is yet to be tempered by pragmatic thoughts, such as job availability.
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