HDR Career Conversations

Supporting research student career development and employability at UOW

March 27, 2018
by saryan

When things line up… Securing your first academic post

Guest post by Dr. Travis Holland

Introduction:  There is no doubt the academic sector is increasingly competitive, or that its the sector many HDR students aspire to.  I loved Travis’ original blog post on LinkedIn describing how he managed to get things lined up in such a competitive academic sector.  I’ve known Travis as a project colleague, a contributor to our HDR conference and as a job-seeking HDR student.  As the latter, he struck me as clear and confident of the value he could add in a range of target sectors– an element essential to employability.  His advice will be useful to many students looking to get ‘things lined up’ for their future careers.


Source: Charles Sturt University

For most PhD students, the likelihood of landing an ongoing academic role is low, with increasing rates of casualisation, budgetary pressures on universities, and an oversupply of candidates. However, I managed to successfully land a role that I’m very excited to take up at a progressive, community-focused University before I had finalised my PhD.

There are a series of factors that converged to make the right role for me and to make me the right candidate for that position. Continue Reading →

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March 8, 2018
by saryan


Review of careers tool for Humanities and Social Science PhD researchers

Imagine PhD is a one of very few (if any?) career planning tools tailored to Humanities and Social Science PhD researchers and graduates.  I asked Ross Girdler, a first year PhD researcher, with rich previous career experience to see what he thought of it…

Imagine PhD is an online career guidance resource for those Humanities and Social Sciences PhD and post-doc researchers  who have surfaced from their studies long enough to ask the question, “where to next?”. Continue Reading →

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