Book an appointment with the Graduate School's HDR Careers Advisor

Many research students intend to follow an academic career path on completion of their degree. But what does an academic career really look like? And, if you knew what to expect, would you still wish to pursue that path?

Researchers work in all facets of government, industry, NGOs and universities. Understanding the diverse range of career options available will allow you to reflect on the 'fit' between academia and your own strengths and interests. 

It is important to start considering your options and plan for your post-HDR career during your studies so you are well prepared to transition to the workplace as a PhD or MPhil qualified individual. The Graduate School supports you in this process through the Career Development Framework (CDF) as well as with a dedicated HDR Careers Advisor who specialises in advising HDR candidates. The Careers Advisor is available for appointments to discuss career options, CV development, interview techniques and other career-related topics. These appointments are designed to complement the existing suite of career-related workshops which are already offered as part of the CDF.

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CV Essentials for HDRs [webinar]

16 March 2021 12:00pm2:00pm
Interactive workshop to give you skills to prepare and maintain an outstanding CV. (previously known as Preparing your CV).

Career control for researchers [online]

12 April 2021 10:00am4 June 2021 5:00pm
The 2021 Round 1 course is now open for applications. Closing date for application is 22 March 2021 at 5pm. This 8-week online paced course runs from 12 April to 4 June 2021. You will be advised by 6 April if you are successful. 

Career strategy (General) [webinar]

13 April 2021 10:00am12:00pm
Discover post-HDR career options and consider which is best for you.

Career shaping: Understand your skills and identify opportunities

18 May 2021 10:00am12:30pm
Increase your chances of a positive career on completion of your HDR.

Career strategy: Planning for your Future [webinar]

16 June 2021 10:00am12:00pm
Successful careers are a result of good planning. Get started early with your career strategy. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND WILL OPEN APPROX 6-8 WEEKS PRIOR.

Career shaping: Resume and selection criteria

23 June 2021 10:00am12:30pm
Write a great resume tailored to your audience and learn how to respond to selection criteria.

Working in the 3rd Space: non-academic university careers [webinar]

5 July 2021 12:00pm2:00pm
Learn what is meant by 'the third space' and how this space might be right for your career. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND WILL OPEN 6-8 WEEKS PRIOR.

Matching your potential with employment possibilities [webinar]

3 March 2021 10:00am12:00pm
This workshop will provide you with strategies for finding out what jobs are out there, and how to decide the main characteristics being sought in those jobs.

How to navigate an academic career [webinar]

17 February 2021 10:00am12:00pm
Explore specific ideas, tools and techniques to navigate an academic career.

Build your personal brand [webinar]

15 February 2021 10:00am12:00pm
This workshop provides pragmatic strategies to define your personal and research brand.