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.

Useful links



Graduate School

Career strategy: Planning for your Future [St Lucia]

12 June 2023 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]

5 July 2023 12:00pm2:00pm
Learn what is meant by 'the third space' and how this space might be right for your career.

How to navigate an academic career [webinar]

13 September 2023 10:00am12:00pm
Explore specific ideas, tools and techniques to navigate an academic career.

Matching your potential with employment possibilities [webinar]

27 September 2023 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.

Career control for researchers [online]

3 October 2023 9:00am24 November 2023 5:00pm
The 2023 Round 2 course is now open for applications. This 8-week online paced course runs from 3 October to 24 November 2023. Closing date for application is 10 September 2023 at 11.59pm. You will be advised by 13 September if you are successful. 

CV Essentials for HDRs [webinar]

17 October 2023 12:00pm2:00pm
Interactive workshop to give you skills to prepare and maintain an outstanding CV. (previously known as Preparing your CV).

Career strategy (General) [St Lucia]

18 October 2023 10:00am12:00pm
Discover post-HDR career options and consider which is best for you.

Career shaping: Understand your skills and identify opportunities [St Lucia]

8 February 2023 10:00am12:30pm
Increase your chances of a positive career on completion of your HDR.