HDR Career Conversations

Supporting research student career development and employability at UOW

August 22, 2019
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Combining the job search, your PhD and a move overseas!

Guest Post by Dr. Jo Khoo

Introduction:  A question that can haunt many PhD students from the beginning of their candidature is, “what will I do after I’ve finished?”  Jo Khoo recently completed her PhD at the University of Wollongong, researching the private health insurance system in Australia and its role in supporting patients with chronic and complex needs.  All job searches can be daunting, but Jo’s had the added complexity that she was moving overseas!  Here, she shares her experience of planning her post-PhD career path and how she secured her current position as a Senior Analyst in Clinical Informatics at Clarify Health Solutions, a health data analytics company based in San Francisco.

For many people, the post-PhD job search can be almost as daunting as the process of thesis completion itself! It is intensely personal, as research has become part of the candidate’s identity, and as a result, the process can be really isolating, particularly if you are going into less familiar territory and looking for a job outside of academia (which is the reality for most PhD candidates).

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Be authentic and build your career network

November 20, 2018 by edgard | 2 Comments

PhD job search advice from UOW HDR graduates

Introduction: One of the highlights of my role is hearing graduates share their career stories.  It’s fascinating to hear how such divergent paths can share common themes. Careers Central collaborated with academics from the School of Medicine to run a PhD Careers panel and career discussion as part of the recent School of Medicine Research Forum.  UOW PhD researchers Lauren Houston and Gabrielle Phillips both volunteered to write about their reflections on listening to these three wonderful career stories. 

Lauren’s reflections:

Completing a PhD can seem like a 24/7 endeavour. We are often busy rushing around trying to balance personal, family and work life all at once, forgetting to stop and ask ourselves why it is we are writing this very large book! A panel of three University of Wollongong (UOW), PhD graduates (Dr Danielle Camer, Senior Medical Writer for Swordfish Media; Dr Rhoda Ndanuko, The George Institute for Global Health; Dr Sheridan Gho, Co-founder and director, Cenofex) highlight that there are endless lessons and opportunities presented along this roller coaster of the PhD journey.

As each PhD journey is so different and unique it was emphasized by the panel members that within each journey there are actually many commonalities. Continue Reading →

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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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April 5, 2018
by saryan
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Using social media to build your career community

ntroduction:  UOW PhD researcher Rachelle Balez‘ use of social media is a great example of building career community and research profile – needs no further introduction! 

We have all heard the phrase “it’s who you know, not what you know”, when it comes to landing jobs.

But if you are like me, the thought of networking can be very daunting and logistically challenging. Thankfully, social media has made modern networking much less confronting, and it can even be done from the comfort of your bed or couch! Continue Reading →

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February 21, 2018
by saryan
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The post-PhD job dilemma

 Reflections on the UOW HDR Employability event by Annabel Clancy

Annabel Clancy a final year PhD researcher summarised the key messages and advice from our Spring 2017 HDR ‘Shape your Employability’ event which included short presentations from HDR alumni on their career experience.  I think she has provided an excellent and succinct insight into a lively event.  If it sparks your interest, check out the recordings and slides from the event.

As a final year PhD student, the excitement of nearing completion of my research is dimmed slightly by the prospect of the post PhD job search. With the seemingly innocent questions “what are you going do when you finish your PhD?” increasing in frequency in the past few months, attending the HDR employability event seemed like a good place to start. I came out of the day feeling more positive about the job search process. For me, there were 4 main ideas from the day that really stood out: Continue Reading →

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