Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 25 Issue 04

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Volume 25, No. 4
Pages 6 - 8

COMMENTARY • Results of a Preliminary Survey on Graduate Training in Professional Skills

Allison Miller Melbourne Briscoe
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Informal discussions suggest the need to understand which professional skills are taught1 in ocean science graduate schools and which are perceived as needed in the workplace by employers and by employees who are in the first five years of their professional careers (termed early-career employees). Is there any agreement among students, faculty, employers, and early-career employees on which skills are relevant to their careers, needed in the workplace, and taught well to students?


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