Career competencies amongst early career researchers: A response to contemporary uncertain work contexts?
In a context where the research career patterns are dramatically changing, it is increasingly difficult for early career researchers to anticipate and prepare for their future careers. In this paper, we examine this issue by drawing on data from three recent studies conducted with European early career researchers using qualitative and quantitative methods. Our findings highlight that beyond the research and generic skills these researchers have acquired throughout their academic paths, some of them also developed a contemporary type of meta- competency defined as career competency. The latter refers to reflexive communicative and behavioural skills, knowledge and abilities that help one to cope with uncertain professional contexts. The relevance of this type of competency for career development interventions is discussed, and further research perspectives are provided.