What is the purpose of a doctoral thesis? The professional experience acquired during research work and the skills gained during the PhD, either scientific or cross-disciplinary (project management, time management, oral communication, ability to summarise, languages, etc) are extremely valuable to future employers. Contrary to common belief, for an engineer looking for a job, more particularly in the field of research, the PhD will represent an asset on his CV.
One of the objectives of the PhD is to prepare the candidate for research work. Apart from research positions at universities the PhD offers many other career prospects. In most cases, PhD holders practise their profession outside the academic sector, in various functions with high responsibilities.
“For the young PhD holder, it is crucial that he chooses the right environment he would like to work in and that he asks himself what type of profession he would like to carry out. Note that only a small proportion of job vacancies are advertised in the press or on the Internet. Like other highly qualified people, doctors generally find a position after an unsolicited job application or as a result of job-creation." ( (Source: www.doctorat.be)
This profession can be practised in various sectors: