Whilst a key element of the ESRC mission is to train postgraduates for careers in academic research it is recognized that not all research postgraduates wish, or will be able, to pursue a career in academic research. Nor might they be able, whatever their career patterns, to pursue research solely related to the specialized topic of a thesis. Of those who do follow academic careers, many will be required to supervise or teach research students using or assessing the applicability of a wide range of methodologies and methods. . . . Whatever career paths PhD graduates may follow, there are clear advantages to students if they have acquired general research skills and transferable employment-related skills.