Experience shows that delving into a post-doctoral arena without proper orientation, guidance, modeling and development support can be quite challenging. As one winds up the doctoral processes, one observation is the need for commitment and psychological preparation of the actors that benefit from the programme, so as to have scientific self-efficacy. Whereas various researchers suggest many students could find their doctoral and post-doc programmes rewarding, experience shows a number of serious challenges are encountered in this journey. Many emanate from various interactions between the Post-doctoral fellows and their-would be mentors, those they supervise coupled with the unpredictable scholarly community. Accountability, workloads, weak collective effort, private personal and/or social demands exacerbate the already demanding situation. Despite the challenges a number of achievements and rewards await one in the post-doc fellowship with so many strides made and academic networks created. In lieu of these observations and experience, this submission explores the Post-doctoral Fellows’ experiences especially in striving to stay on course so as to deliver expected outcomes from the post-doctoral processes.
Date of publication:
810 - 815
RUFORUM Working document series
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