The University of Queensland's Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Career Development Mentoring Program provides HDR candidates with the opportunity to engage with respected professionals working in a variety of sectors of society and the economy — both within and outside of academia.

An online mentoring platform, accessible by both mentors and mentees, guides participants through the program and facilitates engagement. Activities and topics are suggested at each stage of the program to encourage HDR candidates to:

  • Investigate potential career pathways,
  • Gain exposure to different perspectives and advice, and
  • Discuss topics such as networking, identification and communication of transferrable skills, and career development.

How is this different to an industry mentoring program?

The program’s focus is on HDR candidate’s broad professional and career development, rather than a focus on preparation for a specific industry setting. This is underpinned by the belief that HDR candidates can gain valuable insights into their career development from conversations with experienced professionals, irrespective of their disciplinary background or specific industry.