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Project Summary

With the deficit of academic permanent employment contracts in Europe and the growing employment risks in this sector, more doctorate holders are turning to jobs outside academia. Preparing the students for a broad range of career options matching the reality of the labour market falls on the responsibility of universities. 

Building on the existing “European University of the Seas”, this project focuses on:
– Giving visibility to the diversity of career paths for doctorate holders;
– Identifying skills that students can transfer to any work context;
– Advancing training quality to fit the current employment opportunities;
– Creating a European network to strengthen links with the private sector.

Target Groups and Expected Impact

Doctoral Students

To understand better the extensive range of career paths and job opportunities they can pursue after obtaining their degree.

Doctoral Supervisors

To reinforce their capacities on students’ guidance by considering all the needs of the non-academic labour market.

Academic Structure Directors

To build up synergies and collaborate to exchange views, knowledge, skills and experiences on challenges and opportunities.

Non-Academic Sectors Employers

To be aware of the added value that doctorate holders can bring to their sectors through the “blue community” platform.

Intellectual Outputs and Deliverables

Marine Doctorates
Intellectual Output

Profiling non-academic employment of marine sciences doctorate holders through a series of interviews.

Industrial Needs
Intellectual Output

“The skill matching challenge”: Aligning doctoral students skills with employers’ and entrepreneurs’ expectations in the non-academic sector.

Alumni Network
Intellectual Output

Building the blue doctoral community of tomorrow by setting up an online platform to foster networking.

Training Activities and Multiplier Events


Four training activities will take place to help doctoral students in the transition from their studies to the labour market. Since the saturation of academia and skill mismatches of doctorate holders are a common issue across European countries, the topics will range from career development to problem-solving and entrepreneurship readiness.

Seven multiplier events will also occur at different stages to capitalise on the tangible and intangible results achieved throughout the project. Their purpose is to bring together major players from education and industry to showcase, disseminate and reflect upon the outcomes with policymakers, entrepreneurs and other competent authorities. Moreover, it will be a good opportunity for stakeholders to network and share knowledge.