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