This 8-week online paced course runs from 6 October to 27 November 2020. The program will be mostly online at your own pace but there will be several webinars.

If you are a researcher, successfully taking charge of your career ultimately means you:

  • win responsibility for your research direction and resources
  • secure positions you want, with conditions you prefer, not just the next research job
  • get involved in work that stretches, stimulates and fulfils you
  • achieve a genuine balance between your work and what you want from your personal life.

Career Control for Researchers will equip you with: 

  • clarity about the strengths, preferences and goals that should inform your career choices
  • certainty about the talents, values and attitudes that will anchor your career
  • ​specific career destinations to target for the short, medium and long term
  • ​a comprehensive personal career plan
  • ​a good understanding of the transferrable skills you need to make preferred career options possible.

To register your interest in the course, please complete the Expression of Interest form.

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May be eligible for CDSE.

About Career planning


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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