The main benefit of this practice is that such training improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the international PhD students and academic staff and increases their satisfaction and social integration. Soft skills are at the core of making any mobility programme successful. Soft skills related to intercultural communication can facilitate researchers' and PhDs' adaptation and social integration. Researchers and PhDs need to receive regular training in the full range of soft skills to perform best in their jobs/academic and research tasks. As a result of that training, it is expected that the atmosphere in the academic teams will improve substantially since a lot of conflicts and misunderstandings will be avoided and communication will run more smoothly. The most important thing for this practice is that to have sustainable results such courses need to be offered on a regular basis.
Improved skills and knowledge Better communication and cooperation Social integration
|Categories||Profesional & Academic Development Social Integration & Daily Life Networking|
|Mobility stages||During mobility phase|
|Importance||Important to have|
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|Target groups||PhD student/Early career researcher R2 - R4 researchers Lecturers (incl. Language Teachers)|
|Types of contracts of researchers||Full degree student Permanent employee Visiting scholar Employee in training (interns, research fellows, postdocs) Exchange student|
|Career stages of researchers||Less than 6 months 6-12-months of experience 1-3-years of experience 3-10 years of experience|
|Lengths of stays of researchers||3-6 months 6-12 months More than 12 months|
There are several steps to prepare for delivery of such training programme:
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@EURAXESS centre/national coordinating organisation can help during set up by providing a lot of experienced trainers, advice during the planning and organisation and mostly as:
Prior to the training delivery the team will have to:
During the training delivery:
After the training delivery, the staff have to collect and analyse the feedback, spread the materials from the training, and keep in contact with the audience.
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Cooperate with your or (if there is none at your organisation) with the closest EURAXESS center.
EURAXESS staff can help with many:
The benefits of a mentoring relationship are valuable for both - mentees and mentors. You could develop new skills and knowledge, make new contacts and create a professional relationship with someone from another part of the world.
The benefits of a mentoring relationship are valuable for both - mentees and mentors. Developing new skills and knowledge, making new contacts and creating a professional relationship with someone from another part of the world are only small number of them.
This Mentoring programme will bring an advantageous experience when they are:
You can use directly the mentoring program by advising to join and providing the link to your international PhDs and staff. Another option could be to request the coordinators to prepare your internal mentoring program by using the same online tool.
The European EURAXESS portal offers a series of virtual webinars and trainings related to the development/enhancement of transferable skills of PhD students and young researchers.
The training topics are as follows:
The trainers are experienced researchers in the area and/or career advisors. They are all members of EURAXESS network and mentors in our EURAXESS Mentoring program. All trainers provided their short bio, contact details, and are available to consult you, answer your questions, or comment on your exercises. After registration to the European EURAXESS portal, access to the content is free of charge.