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.
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 →