The Candidate Development Award is an award focusing on the broader development skills of HDR students – skills which are transferrable, cross-disciplinary, and professional. The focus is on skills which will enhance employment opportunities after the degree.

The information session will give you an overview of the  application process and documentation required.  Some general information will also be provided on how to make your application as competitive as possible.

About Career planning

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 the Graduate School's HDR Careers Advisor

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