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 a Careers Advisor

Useful links


How to navigate an academic career

1 November 2017 10:00am12:00pm
Explore specific ideas, tools and techniques to navigate an academic career.

Career Control for Researchers (online)

11 September 2017 8:30am4:45pm
Successfully taking charge of your career can help you achieve your long-term goals.

Career strategy

6 September 2017 9:00am11:00am
Successful careers are a result of good planning. Get started early with your career strategy.

Build your personal brand

29 August 2017 10:00am12:00pm
This workshop provides pragmatic strategies to define your personal and research brand.

Candidate Development Award information session

7 August 2017 10:00am11:00am
This sessions provides an overview of the CDA and the process of applying.

Career strategy

12 July 2017 11:00am1:00pm
Craft a career strategy to make the transition from study to employment.

Career shaping: Resume and selection criteria

1 June 2017 1:00pm3:00pm
Write a great resume tailored to your audience and learn how to respond to selection criteria.

Career shaping: Understand your skills and identifying opportunities

1 June 2017 10:00am12:00pm
Increase your chances of a positive career on completion of your HDR.

Career control for researchers (8 weeks, online)

12 May 2017 8:00am
Gain clarity about your strengths, preferences and goals to inform good career choices.

How to navigate an academic career

15 March 2017 10:00am12:00pm
Explore specific ideas, tools and techniques to navigate an academic career.

Career strategy networking event

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