UQ aims to develop well-rounded and capable PhD and research masters graduates who understand their personal strengths and have gained the graduate attributes that link to building a career and contributing to society.

Many of the skills you will need for future employment are intrinsic in your research degree. These include critical thinking, project management, the ability to conduct analysis, and the technical skills you gain. However, while your degree provides you with an excellent grounding for future employment, the Career Development Framework provides opportunities to tease out these skills, and foster and improve them for your research and future career.


The UQ Graduate School’s Career Development Framework (CDF) provides a range of free-of-charge development opportunities for you during your studies. All Career Development Framework workshops and activities are mapped to the UQ Higher Degree by Research Graduate Attributes. Broadly speaking the framework pivots around the following three key areas:

These skills are vital for your growth as a capable researcher who is able to operate ethically, with integrity, and follow best practice.
Being able to identify and develop your transferable skills is one of the most important steps in preparing for a successful career.
These valuable skills are essential to any career. Tailor them to meet your aspirations for your career after completion of your HDR.

Stages of candidature

Below you can view Career Development Framework sessions according to their relevance to each stage of candidature. Early stage is defined as the period up to and including the Confirmation Progress Review. Mid stage covers the period between Confirmation and Thesis Review. Late stage refers to the period of time at the end of the candidature when the focus is on completion and preparation for the path after graduation.