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.

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

Useful links



Graduate School

Career strategy (General) [webinar]

8 April 2020 12:30pm2:30pm
Discover post-HDR career options and consider which is best for you.

Career control for researchers [online]

20 April 2020 10:00am11:00am
The 2020 Round 1 course is now open for Expressions of Interest. Closing date for EOIs is 1 April 2020. This 8-week online paced course runs from 20 April to 12 June 2020. You will be advised by 8 April if you are successful. 

CV Essentials for HDRs [webinar]

12 May 2020 12:30pm2:30pm
Interactive workshop to give you skills to prepare and maintain an outstanding CV. (previously known as Preparing your CV).

Career shaping: Resume and selection criteria [webinar]

4 June 2020 10:00am11:30am
Write a great resume tailored to your audience and learn how to respond to selection criteria.

Career strategy: Planning for your Future [webinar]

23 June 2020 10:00am12:00pm
Successful careers are a result of good planning. Get started early with your career strategy.

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

30 June 2020 10:00am12:00pm
Learn what is meant by 'the third space' and how this space might be right for your career. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND WILL OPEN APPROXIMATELY 6-8 WEEKS BEFOREHAND.

Matching your potential with employment possibilities

22 September 2020 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. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND WILL OPEN APPROXIMATELY 6-8 WEEKS BEFOREHAND.

How to navigate an academic career

30 September 2020 10:00am12:00pm
Explore specific ideas, tools and techniques to navigate an academic career. APPLICATION IS REQUIRED AND WILL BE OPEN APPROXIMATELY 6-8 WEEKS BEFOREHAND.

Career shaping: Understand your skills and identify opportunities

13 February 2020 10:00am12:30pm
Increase your chances of a positive career on completion of your HDR.

Build your personal brand

12 February 2020 10:00am12:00pm
This workshop provides pragmatic strategies to define your personal and research brand.

HaBS Introduction to Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

13 June 2019 1:30pm4:00pm
Not sure what a postdoc is? Wondering how people get them? Attend this great session and find out! Registrations close Monday 10 June.

Career Shaping: Identifying Opportunities for Skills Development [online]

5 July 2018 12:00pm1:00pm
This session will provide participants with strategies to identify skills development opportunities.

Curriculum vitae basics for HDRs (Gatton)

14 February 2018 12:00pm1:00pm
Learn how to prepare a quality CV that highlights skills gained during your HDR.

Career strategy networking event

1 January 2017 8:00am10:30am
Implement your networking skills with representatives from industry.