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 Jane Clark 

DBA student

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As a part time DBA student I am researching graduate programmes and the future world of work and whilst in my first year am still reframing my research question.

I have worked for over twenty years in a variety of Early Careers talent roles in financial services as well as being a HR Director.  At present I am a company Director of a consultancy which specialises in early careers and talent management working predominantly with employers and universities.

DBA research title: Graduate development and the Future World of Work
Year commenced: 2018

Why did you come to  Southampton to complete your DBA?
I chose Southampton to complete my DBA as it is a world-class research led institution and part of the Russell Group.  I connected with my supervisors straight away and knew that they would provide me with all the support and advice I need. 
What have been your Southampton ‘highlights’?
Speaking at the recent Doctoral Colloquium has been a real highlight for me.  I was given the opportunity to share my research progress with peers, university academics and local businesses. 
What advice would you give to a student wishing to take up a DBA at the Southampton Business School?
Having the opportunity to apply academic rigour and advanced research skills to my work outside of my studies has enhanced my professional career in a very short time.  My network has expanded enormously and my curiosity and enthusiasm for learning (and unlearning) new concepts and theories is certainly being met.  I feel that I am future proofing my career and the opportunities that lay ahead are vast.  Studying for a doctorate part-time is no small feat, and requires time management, dedication and at times, resilience.  However, it opens doors to new experiences, makes you ask lots more questions and view the world in a different light.  

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