Employment after a PhD: doctoral career trajectories

What do people with PhDs do? Research shows that only 25% of PhD graduates will end up in academia. So, what do the other 75% of careers actually look like? What can you do now, in the first three years since graduating, to develop your career, in your chosen field?

Post-PhD Career Trajectories: Intentions, Decision-Making and Life Experiences by Lynn McAlpine and Cheryl Amundsen draws on 10 years of research and follows nearly 50 PhD graduates as they explore and embark on employment after graduating. Each career trajectory is unique as individuals planned and made decisions in the face of both expected and unexpected work, personal experiences and responsibilities. This book concludes with resources to help those who are currently planning or reflecting on their own career trajectories.

“Our goal in writing the book is to provide access to the richness of the stories the 48 individuals told us as they navigated their PhDs and post-PhD careers. We hope we have made evident the important role played by intention and resilience in crafting a career. We trust we have also made transparent the role of the PhD in laying the groundwork for the career outcomes that are possible after graduation. Our goal overall was to create a collection of stories that would allow you to draw personal and professional implications and lessons for yourself.”

Browse the eBook now.

Grant-writing tips from the ARC, CSIRO & Thales Australia

Writing a grant application can be a daunting task, especially with acceptance rates constantly declining.

How then can we more effectively write not only a grant application, but a successfully grant application?

Ahead of the Research Funding Summit 2018, the Australasian Research Management Society is sharing grant writing top tips from the Australian Research Council, the CSIRO and Thales Australia.

Download the full eBook to learn more.

AMS Mary Kay Doctoral Dissertation Competition

The AMS Mary Kay Inc. Dissertation Award is for junior researchers in the field of marketing who have recently graduated their doctoral degree. The competition winner will receive $600 and a one-year membership in the Academy of Marketing Science at Louisiana Tech University.

Sponsored by Mary Kay Inc. and the Academy of Marketing Science (AMS), doctoral candidates in marketing who have completed their thesis during January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018 are eligible for the AMS Mary Kay Doctoral Dissertation Award. To be considered, you will need to submit an electronic version of a thesis abstract that is no longer than 15 double-spaced pages (including appendices, tables, figures, and references).

Submissions covering any marketing-related topic, methodology and research interest are welcome. Submissions close January 5 2019.

Find out more (PDF, 2MB), and enter the competition.

Grand Challenge Lecture: Harvesting Passion

In this Grand Challenge Lecture, CEO and Founder of OzHarvest Ronni Kahn will share how she has navigated and built bridges with naysayers, politicians, people in need, business leaders and a growing philanthropic enterprise in order to nourish countries and transform lives by tackling the global issue of food waste.

Event details:
Thursday 1 November, 4:00-5:15pm, followed by light refreshments
QUT Gardens Point Campus, Z Block, Level 4, Lecture Theatre Z-401
Free event
REGISTER

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Open Access Week

Open Access Week: October 22-28. 

The theme for 2018 is “Designing equitable foundations for open knowledge”.

International Open Access Week is an opportunity to hear more about open access and engage with events that are happening at a QUT campus near you.

This year we are doing things a little differently. We are bringing this message directly to the researchers by taking our Open Access Bike on the road to faculties, institutes, across both campuses to meet with research staff and students and chat with them about the benefits of open access.

Researchers are invited to pop by to our open access pop-up trailer, find out more about open access, win some open access goodies, and make their own open access badges.

For academics who publish openly, the benefits include:

  • increased readership for open articles
  • increased academic usage through more citations.
  • depositing in an OA repository for free – such as QUT’s ePrints appears the best way to boost citations
  • open articles are better connected into global systems for sharing information, which means ultimately they can have wider societal impact.

See the flyer for events coming to a campus near you.

QUT Foundry Showcase Event

Come along to the foundry’s Pitch ‘n Party: an evening of celebration, connection and competition!

Program teaser:

Raw Ideas
Raw Ideas is a competition for fresh ideas from members of the QUT community to be pitched for prizes including $500 and incubation.

If you’ve got a new idea you want to get launched, pitch it for feedback and a chance to win! You can sign up here now or see if there’s a spot left on the night.

Battle of the Brands
Established startup brands hailing from QUT’s entrepreneurship ecosystem will compete in an unconventional challenge which promises to entertain you.

Event details:
Thursday October 18
5:00pm-8:00pm
QUT foundry, D block, room 214, QUT Gardens Point Campus
REGISTER. Free event.

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QUT PhD alumnus Dr Kirstin Ferguson nominated as ABC’s acting chairperson

Dr Kirstin Ferguson, PhD alumnus from QUT’s Business School, has stepped into the role of ABC chairperson after a tumultuous week at the national broadcaster.

As described by ABC news,

“Dr Ferguson has sat on the ABC board since 2015, and is an experienced director with 10 years’ experience on the ASX100 and ASX200 boards as well as private company and government boards. She was the creator of the social media campaign #CelebratingWomen, which saw her nominated for the Walkley Foundation’s Our Watch Award for best use of social media.”

Read the full ABC article.

Dr Ferguson was awarded her PhD in 2015. Her thesis ‘A study of safety leadership and safety governance for board members and senior executives‘ was an investigation of the fields of leadership and corporate governance in the context of workplace safety.

Scholarship for Health ECRs

The Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research Scholarship Program is a six week program based in Canberra at the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, that gives recipients the opportunity to:

  • build  expertise in an area relevant to health services research
  • contribute to the AHHA and its work
  • interact with policy makers and practitioners
  • produce a health policy issues brief that engages health policy leaders in an area of national significance
  • be guided by a mentor who will provide advice during the scholarship

Early career researchers (< 5 years post-PhD) are welcome to apply.

Further information including the Program Summary and answers to frequently asked questions can be on the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research website.

Join the Design jam

For the first time, the World Hospital Congress, being held this year in Brisbane, will feature a one-day Design Jam.

Design jam brings a diversity of people together (students, researchers and problem solvers from across and beyond health) to co-design and pitch solutions to improve health and care.

We invite you to get involved and contribute your unique skills and experience. Read on to learn about the various opportunities.

Design Jam details:
October 11th, 9:00am-5:00pm
Register
(tickets from $15.00)

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2019 Endeavour Leadership Program

The Australian Government have announced applications are now open for the 2019 Endeavour Leadership Program (ELP)

The ELP supports Australian undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational education and training (VET) students to have an overseas study experience that contributes to their Australian qualifications. Under ELP, there are funding opportunities with differing financial benefits – one for Institutions to apply for and one for Individual Endeavour Leaders

For Individual Endeavour Leaders:

ELP will support short and long term study, training, research and professional development across a range of sub-categories, including:

  • Australia-ASEAN Leadership award
  • Australia-APEC Leadership award
  • Australia-Latin America Leadership award
  • Asia-Pacific Leadership award
  • Global Leadership award

Individual applicants apply according to qualification type and duration. The Guidelines and FAQs relevant to the 2019 round for Individuals are available online at Guidelines and FAQs for Individuals.  Applications will close on 15 November at 11:59 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (AEDT).