All posts by Lilia Mantai

Lilia has just finished a PhD on the PhD experience and has recently joined the Learning Innovation Hub as a Learning Designer.

New HDR Online Offering

The doctoral degree (aka the PhD) is increasingly international and interdisciplinary and more than 50% of doctoral students will not end up in academia. Hence, there is a growing need for research candidates to develop transferable and professional skills for employment in academic as well as non-academic roles.

Macquarie’s HDR Support and Development team (Office of the Dean, Higher Degree Research) and Learning Designers from the Learning Innovation Hub have designed a unit for all research candidates across campus titled HDR Professional Skills. This online offering complements the face-to-face workshops and events already provided to Macquarie’s research students.

The Macquarie University Higher Degree Research Professional Skills program aims to assist you to:

  • Develop your professional and employability skills
  • Enhance your career opportunities
  • Gain a clearer understanding of employer needs across a range of sectors
  • Understand how to build connections
  • Audit your existing professional skills
  • Augment your high level academic skills and learn how to translate them for employers

The unit offers a module that focuses on planning and developing your career, and other modules on writing a resume for industry jobs, how to apply for non-academic positions, interview skills, etc. are in development. Another section of the unit presents a bank of career stories from Macquarie’s alumni, which present various pathways from research degrees to careers in and outside academia. Finally, a curated selection of resources holds valuable information for any research candidate at any stage of their degree and is continuously updated to provide help, inspiration and ideas for career planning and development.

Research candidates at all stages of their research degree (including PhD and MRes), their supervisors, and any staff engaged in supporting research candidates are encouraged to self-enrol in the HDR Professional Skills unit. Spread the word and tweet at #MQprofdevHDR!

HDR staff across campus are currently developing a few other online modules for Macquarie’s PhD and MRes candidates. Watch this space for future announcements.

Design Team: Lilia Mantai, Fidel Fernando, Alper Yuceozsoy and Sally Purcell

Help us shape Aboriginal cultural training and win Aboriginal art!

Are you a Macquarie staff member who would love to better support Aboriginal students, but you’re unsure how to do it? Do you feel uncomfortable and avoid including Aboriginal topics in your teaching because you know little about Aboriginal culture? If so, you are not alone.

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Learning from the Research Community – Part 2

Macquarie’s Strategic Research Framework for 2015-2024 (World-Leading Research; World-Changing Impact) aims to increase the productivity and competitiveness of Macquarie’s Higher Degree Research Candidates (HRDs) and Early Career Researchers (ECRs). The framework provides a long list of support strategies Macquarie is planning on pursuing, but we feel nothing beats learning from the “ones who made it”. At the Early Career Researcher Conference in the Faculty of Human Sciences in October last year, various researchers gathered to share their success stories and career advice. In the second part of this series, Lilia Mantai (PhD candidate, School of Education) shares some key lessons learned from this day.

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Learning from the Research Community – Part 1

Macquarie’s Strategic Research Framework for 2015-2024 (World-Leading Research; World-Changing Impact) aims to increase the productivity and competitiveness of Macquarie’s Higher Degree Research Candidates and Early Career Researchers (ECRs). The framework provides a long list of support strategies Macquarie is planning on pursuing, but we feel nothing beats learning from the “ones who made it”. At the Early Career Researcher Conference in the Faculty of Human Sciences in October last year, various researchers gathered to share their success stories and career advice. In the first part of this series, Dr Erica Crome (ECR, Department of Psychology) shares some compelling lessons learned from this day.

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