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September 2, 2019
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Solving real-life problems and learning from industry – UOW STEM Hackathon

Guest Post by Terence Vu

Introduction: Careers Central recently co-ordinated the inaugural UOW STEM Hackathon as part of the UOW STEM Careers Expo in early August.  Here Terence Vu, a PhD researcher in the Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences, reflects on his participation, what he learned and how he developed his skills. 

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The STEM Career Expo has been traditionally received by researchers like myself with much enthusiasm – a once-a-year event for students to meet up with representatives from various organizations from a wide range of industries and sectors. To know more about the companies and what to expect from the job –directly from the staff– is a rare opportunity. For the first time this year, I found another career learning opportunity to be excited about: the UOW STEM Hackathon.

Teams of UOW students came to UOW STEM Hackathon for a chance to solve real-life business problems. Continue Reading →

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May 14, 2018
by saryan
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Creating businesses that transform society

5 pieces of advice from inspiring entrepreneurs at the Global Summit of Women Youth Forum

Introduction: I was really happy to be asked to nominate some HDR students to attend the Global Summit of Women Youth Forum in Sydney recently.  UOW PhD researcher Amy Boyle was one of those nominated and here she gives us some of the key take home messages from the event, relevant to readers regardless of age or gender!

On the 27th of April, I travelled to the International Convention Centre in Sydney with four other students for the Global Summit of Women – Youth Forum. The Global Summit of Women is an annual conference that invites women from over 60 countries in the public, private and non-profit sectors to discuss business strategies that will expand women’s economic and career opportunities internationally. This year, the Youth Forum brought together four young entrepreneurs to share their advice on “Creating Businesses that Transform Society”.

Panel discussion “Creating Businesses that Transform Society”

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May 8, 2018
by saryan
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Industry Research Internships – a valuable experience for PhD researchers

HisIntroduction:  The Australian Postgraduate Research internship scheme is driving university- industry collaboration by facilitating internships for PhD students in industry and public organisations.  Yue Ma, a UOW PhD researcher in statistics has recently completed an internship with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).  Thanks Yue for describing your experience in applying for the internship, your experience during the internship and the learning you gained.

Each year the APR-internship program offers internship opportunities to PhD researchers. As a PhD student in statistics, I had an opportunity to take on one of the APR-internship projects which requires a collaborative research project with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). I benefited a lot from this six-month internship project and I would like to share my experience which could be valuable to other researchers considering participating. Continue Reading →

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April 23, 2018
by saryan
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iUnivative student consultancy programme: A PhD student’s experience

Introduction: Since coming to UOW, iUnivative has been one of my ‘pet’ projects (I was lucky enough to co-ordinate it in 2014 and 2015).  I’ve seen the huge benefits it can give HDR students in recognising their high-level skills in a very different setting.  UOW PhD researcher Lisa Belfiore is a recent iUnivative ‘graduate’ – let’s hear about her incredible experience…

As a final-year PhD student, I’ve been thinking about what I would like to do career-wise after graduation. While my PhD is in science, I recognise that my knowledge and experience opens up many opportunities for me outside of academia, including in industry, government, consultancy and business related-roles. Participating in iUnivative provided me with some business and corporate knowledge, giving me a taste of what alternative career paths might look like, and showed me how I can apply my transferable skill set to a science career outside of academia. Continue Reading →

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February 21, 2018
by saryan
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6 Characteristics of the Scientist-Entrepreneur

Guest post by Dr Cameron Ferris  

Entrepreneurship is a hot topic in any discussion of careers, the world of work and graduate opportunity at all levels.  Below Cameron outlines the need for a hybrid researcher/ entrepreneur and the characteristics necessary, many of which can be gained through your UOW PhD experience.

I sometimes hear it said that a research degree involves discovering ‘more and more’ about ‘less and less’. In some respects that is true – we become deeply embedded in a specific area of research – but on the whole, I couldn’t disagree more. A research degree is a journey that instils a broad and highly valuable skill set. Since completing my PhD at the University of Wollongong I have drawn significantly on my experience and learnings in building a career in innovation and capital investment.

I’ve particularly enjoyed working with many scientists who are carving a path to take new technologies to market. This is a great time to develop science-backed ventures in Australia, with plenty of public and private sector support for the translation of research into commercial impact, but it requires the right people to make it a reality. Perhaps you are one of those people and, if you have the entrepreneurial itch, I hope this article will be of some encouragement to you. Continue Reading →

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