This 8-week online paced course 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 and submit the application form.

Still confused? More details here.

May be eligible for CDS.

Feedback from 2021

It is honestly something all students should complete. I found it a very valuable tool as it is a great way to identify what you really want out of a successful career. You focus on yourself and your core values, not what someone else is doing and that you think you might 'like' to be doing. It is was well structured and the modules were just the right length and detail. I appreciated how each module built upon the previous and then collectively came together at the end.

About the presenter

Dr Kerstin Fritsches is a former research fellow in neuroscience who spent the majority of her 12-year research career on soft money, with first-hand experience of the challenges facing early career researchers and a strong track record in postdoc affairs and career development. A lack of effective career training for PhDs led Kerstin to found PostdocTraining in 2011, to bridge a gap in professional development by delivering support tailored specifically for early career researchers. 

PostdocTraining delivers career development support and mentoring for researchers worldwide and Kerstin is a sought-after workshop facilitator on topics such as career planning and research leadership both in Europe and Australia.

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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