Career paths

Portfolio of skills

It is now required in the development of a doctoral thesis the realization of a "portfolio of skills". 

One can note the publication in the official journal the registration with the RNCP of the doctorate,

(Decree of February 22, 2019 defining the skills of doctoral graduates and registering the doctorate in the national directory of professional certification).
We offer you, starting from this list of competences, to fill an online portfolio of  skills on a site such as "MyDocPro".
A bit like a photographer or a painter who presents his/her achievements before finding a job, hence the use of the word "portfolio",
you have to  list among all the competences indicated the ones you think you have, indicating at what level of mastery,
and especially by illustrating by storytelling about what happened during your doctoral studies why you think you master the skill indicated at the level you claim to have
(not acquired, being acquired, partial, total, exceeded, etc.).
This work must be thorough enough not to make you less hireable by future employers.
We can offer proofreading and advice (it's certainly not an exact science) by lecturer or researcher colleagues
or possibly by HR specialists or managers from the private sector if you have doubts; it's up to you to contact us or contact
the site of your doctoral school.
In addition, remember that in the new criteria of the "Research Tax Credit" the employment of a young  doctor is virtually free
for a company the first two years if he/her performs a mission research and development.

Possible career paths

PhD holders can pursue a great diversity of careers. All sectors of today’s world are faced with numerous challenges demanding innovative approaches to invent, explore and develop. Thanks to their rich research experience, doctorate holders have the capacity to tackle complex problems, confront uncertainty, interact with numerous stakeholders presenting diverse needs and expectations, work within ever-evolving environments, etc.
Their unique skills and expertise make PhD holders highly qualified professionals capable of disseminating proper research, innovation and knowledge-transmission practices throughout the socio-economic fabric, both in France and abroad, in the public, private and non-profit sectors, from start-ups to multinational firms, public institutions to international NGOs.
While the range of possibilities is thus extremely broad, the pursuit of a post-doctoral career nevertheless presents pitfalls. The first key to success consists in a well-thought-out professional project, based upon a thorough understanding of the targeted job market(s).


Possible post-doctoral paths

  • Post-doctoral academic research
  • Research engineer
  • Teaching
  • Creating a company

The Université Bretagne Loire Monitoring Centre

The Université Bretagne Loire Monitoring Centre carries out yearly surveys to monitor the career paths of PhD holders 1 and 3 years following their thesis defence.