PhD & Employment: "career pursuit" survey of 2016 graduates

News release Guidance and integration
Each year, the College and the Doctoral Schools conduct a survey on the career follow-up of their doctoral students three years after their thesis defense. The first results for PhDs who graduated in 2016 are available in datavisualisation.

Enquête Poursuite de carrière des doctorants 2016 - Taux d'emploi
Are UGA PhDs employed? The answer is clearly yes, with a rate of 96.4% of graduates in employment three years after their thesis defense. Moreover, 76% of them indicate that the PhD was a determining factor in their recruitment.
Not surprisingly, a large majority of them (61%) continue to work in research. However, there is a great diversity of jobs as shown in the table below.
Enquête Poursuite de carrière des doctorants 2016 - Type d'emplois
What position did you hold?

The PhD, an international degree

With a rate of international PhD students of almost 50%, the PhD is resolutely international. This is reflected in the results of this survey.
While 65% of the jobs of PhDs are located in France, 35% are abroad, including 18% in Europe and 17% in the rest of the world.
28% of the jobs of UGA graduates employed in France are located in the Grenoble metropolitan area and 16% in the Rhône-Alpes region (excluding Isère). This demonstrates the attractiveness of our region and its ability to recruit PhDs.
Suivi de carrière des docteurs 2016 - International

The survey

This survey was carried out on the basis of a response rate of 88% of 2016 graduates, i.e. 687 responses collected and distributed among the 13 doctoral schools accredited to the UGA.
It provides a better understanding of the employment situation of graduates. What type of job was held, what sector, what duration, what employer and where were the answers given by the PhDs.
The attractiveness of the territory and the international influence are also elements of the survey.

The Doctoral Career Data Visualization Tool Dataviv

You can find a lot of information on the career pursuit of doctoral students thanks to the data visualization tool set up by the Collège doctoral (in french).
It is based on the Sphinx software to develop and exploit the survey and on its Dataviv module to disseminate the results in data visualization.The interest of such a tool lies in its ease of use for users, its filtering and scripting possibilities (dynamic character of the graphic representations) while offering the survey developers a stable tool allowing them to reproduce the survey each year and to be able to quickly compare the results of the different cohorts. This tool thus allows the development of an observatory dedicated to the follow-up of the careers of UGA PhDs.
Published on  March 12, 2021
Updated on March 31, 2021