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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Build your personal brand [webinar]

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

How to navigate an academic career [webinar]

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

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. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND WILL OPEN APPROX 6-8 WEEKS PRIOR.

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). REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND WILL OPEN 6-8 WEEKS PRIOR.

Career strategy (General) [webinar]

13 April 2021 10:00am12:00pm
Discover post-HDR career options and consider which is best for you. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND WILL OPEN 6-8 WEEKS PRIOR.

Career strategy: Planning for your Future [webinar]

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

Career control for researchers [online]

6 October 2020 10:00am5:00pm
The 2020 Round 2 course is now open for Expressions of Interest. Closing date for EOIs is 22 September 2020 at noon. This 8-week online paced course runs from 6 October to 27 November 2020. You will be advised by 29 September if you are successful. 

Scientific career paths: Put your best foot forward [webinar special]

1 July 2020 11:00am12:30pm
Are you a soon-to-be Science or Medicine HDR graduate who is exploring your possible career outcomes? Want to gain an insight into the Science industry? Want to learn how to create opportunities and get your foot in the door?

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.

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 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.

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.