HDR Career Conversations

Supporting research student career development and employability at UOW

September 25, 2018
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The useful PhD: transferable skills for a range of sectors

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Introduction:  Communicating the value of your research qualification in sectors where it is not a common qualification can be a challenge.  Dr. Colin Cortie explains how he translated his PhD qualification by emphasising transferable skills in this useful post focussed on recognising your skills, addressing selection criteria and preparing for interview. 

Completing a PhD will give you a lot of skills, but are those skills useful outside of academia? Will they get you a job? I had to ask myself these tough questions when I finished my PhD and started looking for work outside of my academic field. At that point I wasn’t even entirely sure what my skills were outside of very specific lab-based techniques, and so I asked for help from the HDR careers counsellor and attended a careers session called ‘Get Shortlisted: Resume and Selection Criteria for HDR students’. As part of this training we looked at the Australian Qualifications Framework , and I was pleasantly surprised to see that people with PhDs have the “knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability and responsibility as an expert and leading practitioner or scholar”. That sounds impressive (and it is), but is it employable?

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April 17, 2018
by saryan
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Interviews: learning from an active HDR job-seeker

Introduction:  Recent experience gives us an up-to-date insight into current recruitment practice, so I was delighted when UOW PhD researcher Amy Carrad answered our call for contributors to share her experience of attending interviews.

I would like to share with you the diverse experiences of my first career-related job hunt.
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