An academic career tends to be the preferred choice for PhD graduates but what academic career paths are there and how do you navigate them? 

Academic career paths can be as varied as the people pursuing them; post-doc, professor, sessional lecturer, and more. This workshop will therefore tackle the theme by introducing the job market and broad career pathways for academics before focusing on specific ideas, tools and techniques that help you identify which of these options would be the best fit for your strengths and preferences. 

You will walk away with a concrete plan for your approach and next steps in your career development, including building the mentor network to help you pursue your preferred choice.

Students said:  "The session forces me sit down and consider seriously what I can do and should do now to plan my post PhD career. It was really helpful."  and "It was valuable for making me think and write down what I would like to achieve in the next 5 years and how should I go about achieving the goals."

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.

May be eligible for CDS.

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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