Intro: Tim Cahill is a UOW PhD graduate with a wealth of experience in consulting in the public, private, non-profit and higher education sectors. For those of you who were around then, he was a keynote speaker at the Careers Central/ Graduate Research School ‘PhD Career Futures’ conference in 2014. As part of his work for ‘Research Strategies Australia’, he has developed a number of short videos highlighting the opportunities for researchers in consultancy. Thank you to Tim for giving us permission to share this video on the HDR Career Conversations blog. In such an uncertain time in the job market, Tim argues you should think about consultancy as a career option, either full time or as a side hustle – here’s why…
Dr Tim Cahill is a UOW PhD graduate with 15 years experience working with stakeholders in Australia’s Research & Development sectors to maximise the benefits of publicly funded research.
He has held executive roles in the public, private, non-profit and higher education sectors, including as: Director of R&D Advisory practice for KPMG Australia; Director of Australia’s national university research evaluation, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA); Chief Data Scientist at The Conversation Media Group; and Director and founder of Research Strategies Australia.
His thought leadership has appeared in the AFR, The Australian and The Conversation, and his work has significantly contributed to the shape of Australia’s higher education research policy, including research evaluation and industry-university engagement.
He is an international expert in research evaluation, higher education policy, scientometrics, research commercialisation and research collaboration across sectors.
Connect with Tim via LinkedIn and listen to his Podcast: ‘Research Strategies Australia’
Introduction: UOW Higher Degree Researcher Amy Boyle first wrote on this topic as part of her online reflections for the zero credit point subject Career Ready Learning for Higher Degree Researchers CRLH900. Her proactive and organised approach and examples of career development activities were too good not to share more widely, so I asked her to rewrite her experience as a piece for the blog. Though we can’t all be so naturally organised, I am really impressed with the incremental approach Amy is taking to her career development activities and her ability to find opportunities as she progresses.
Coming into a PhD, I think a lot of people are so focused on their research that they forgot to think about what comes after. Having a PhD doesn’t necessarily get you a job in your field, but with a little bit of planning you can increase the likelihood. Your supervisor’s main focus is your thesis work and they may not have the capacity to help with your career. Consequently, I participated in the HDR Careers workshops last year as part of the optional careers subject CRLH900: Career Ready Learning for Higher Degree Researchers. I was in the first year of my PhD and the learning acquired through these workshops was incredibly useful to rewire my thinking into approaching my PhD as an apprenticeship, rather than just another stage of study.
My participation in these workshops encouraged me to take initiative for my career development, develop long-term strategies and be cognizant of the changing workforce, specifically: Continue Reading →
rnolReflections from School of Health and Society Research Student Careers Event
Introduction: As HDR Careers Counsellor I recently contributed to a career development event at the School of Health and Society (HAS) which included a panel discussion followed by some interactive career exercises. You guessed it – we asked for a volunteer to write a blog piece. Faysal Kabir Shuvo, a PhD researcher in HAS volunteered to share his learning from this event co-ordinated by the Head of Postgraduate Studies, Associate Professor Xiaoqi Feng.
Dr. Iain Butterworth (far right) sharing his career story, pictured alongside Dr. Rachel Loney-Howes and some of the HAS research student audience.
The objective of this workshop was mainly to guide post-PhD career planning. The workshop was an excellent mix of professionals sharing their career journeys. Dr Iain Butterworth is the Head of professional services in the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute. Dr Rachel Loney-Howes, has recently been recruited as Lecturer in the School of Health and Society. And finally, we had Ms Sarah Ryan, our on-campus resource for all matters HDR careers. The workshop was nicely moderated by Associate Professor Xiaoqi Feng, Head of Postgraduate Studies, School of Health and Society. Motivated by my participation in the Careers Central Career Ready Learning for Higher Degree Research (CRLH900) subject, I have started to explore a range of post-PhD career options. Therefore, personally, I was intrigued Continue Reading →
Introduction: Identifying your skills may sound easy, but it takes time and often deep reflection. Are you developing the ‘right’ skills for your future career? Jo Khoo, a UOW PhD researcher at the Faculty of Business, has written a useful blog piece exploring research on which skills are most relevant to research intensive and other careers.
Every PhD student is probably sick of hearing about, ‘transferable skills,’ those ill-defined skills that you have developed while conducting your research that you are meant to emphasise when applying for jobs. Even for someone like me, who spent almost 10 years working full-time before starting a PhD, it is difficult to clearly define and articulate the specific skills I have developed during my time as a PhD student that will transfer to a job after I finish my PhD.
As we all know, only a minority of us will end up in academic research positions and so it’s incumbent to think more broadly about our options, and have at least a Plan B option (not to mention, C, D and E)! I recently came across a paper reporting on the findings of a survey of more than 8,000 PhD graduates. Continue Reading →
Introduction: Exploring your future career options can seem like just another item to add to your long list of research tasks – it might be tempting to procrastinate and put it to the bottom of the list. Corinne Green, a PhD researcher in Education and a current student of ‘Career Ready Learning for Higher Degree Research Students’, shows us it doesn’t have to be overly time consuming, by using research career podcasts, one of which she reviews below.
How much time do you spend thinking about your future career? Maybe it is something that plagues your mind constantly, or something you would rather not think about, or perhaps something you have not yet considered. Whatever stage of your studies you are up to, it can be valuable to consider what is coming next and how you are going to get there.