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.

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.

Researcher career stories

Vitaes collection of researcher career stories comprises over 150 short, personal narratives about the professional experiences and decisions of doctoral graduates and researchers at all stages of their careers. These stories show the diversity of career paths taken by researchers and aim to inspire emerging researchers’ career aspirations.

See the doctoral entrepreneur section to read how research graduates have used the skills gained during their doctoral training to found businesses, social enterprises and consultancies, and visit career stories on film to hear researchers talk about their career journeys.

Make sure you also read the stories of our own doctoral graduates here on the QMomentum blog.

Research Showcase – QUT Women in Leadership

QUT’s Women in Leadership Committee invites you to a special event to celebrate the achievements of some of our mid-career women researchers who are making an impact in their respective fields.

A number of QUT PhD alumni will be speaking at the event, including Dr Glenda Caldwell, Associate Professor Moe Wynn, Dr Lisa van Leent and Dr Rowena Maguire.

Read more about the presenters (PDF 723KB).

Event details:
Thursday 14 June, 12-2pm
Gardens Theatre Foyer, QUT Gardens Point Campus. Light lunch provided. RSVP.

Event contact: Kym Mapleston.

Proactive, Focused, Brave: the key to a successful academic career

In 2011, Dr Kim Johnston received an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for her PhD Thesis. After graduating she focused on publishing, networking, and using the skills and knowledge she’d developed through her PhD to benefit real-world organisations.

Seven years post graduation, Dr Johnston is a senior lecturer and researcher in QUT’s Business School, and a contributing author and editor of numerous prestigious journals and books. She says being proactive, focused, and brave are key to developing a successful career in academia.

Read more about Dr Johnston’s professional journey and her advice to early career researchers.

Research Data Training – a course for HDRs & Early Career Researchers

A new, free training course for QUT researchers (including doctoral students, recent graduates and early career researchers).

In this 2 hour session, you’ll consider your data across the whole research lifecycle – from planning and collecting, to curating and publishing. At every stage, we’ll point you to resources, tools, and opportunities to learn more.

The session will be delivered as a series of lightning talks and multimedia. You’ll hear from a range of experts and academics. We’ll provide you with an introduction – the big picture – of research data at QUT.

Places are limited so sign up now.
Session 1: Monday 14 May 1pm-3pm, Gardens Point (P419)
Session 2: Tuesday 15 May 1pm-3pm, Kelvin Grove (IHBI seminar room – Q430)

A light afternoon tea will be provided.

This training was developed by QUT Library, the Office of Research Ethics and Integrity, and eResearch.

Do you know what you want to do now you’ve graduated?

Do you have a plan to get there?

Do you know how to sell your skills and experience to a potential employer?

If these questions sent a chill down your spine, don’t worry! QUT offers free career support to doctoral candidates and graduates to help you in finding and securing the right career for you. Take a look at our support services below:

Online support and resources: Resources specifically tailored to HDR candidates are available on the QUT student site.

Drop in sessions: Drop in sessions specifically for doctoral graduates run at both Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses in HiQ.

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Desire an academic career? Apply to attend Teaching Advantage 2018 by Friday 27 April!

Are you a post-confirmation PhD student who is hoping to develop an academic career? Apply to attend the nationally award-winning program Teaching Advantage by Friday 27 April. 

Post-confirmation PhD students are invited to apply for Teaching Advantage. This program builds skills in teaching, unit coordination, and forging an academic career through a series of interactive workshops. This program is designed to fill the teaching experience gap between part-time tutoring while undertaking a PhD and completing academic development programs once you secure your first lecturing role. The program extends other sessional academic workshops at QUT by enhancing skills in teaching, coordinating units, and career development, and is designed to complement the Sessional Career Advancement Development (SCAD) program.

“Teaching Advantage is exactly the program that doctoral students need to prepare them for their first academic positions.” Suzi Derbyshire, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching)

“I firmly believe that my participation in the Teaching Advantage program was one of the primary reasons why I was awarded my job.” Teaching Advantage Participant, 2011 (now a Senior Lecturer)

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The Value of Networking – Brisbane event

“I cannot emphasise enough how critical, valuable and powerful networking is. Make lots of connections (and of course maintain them!). Each connection could be a potential opportunity in your future.” (Fulbright Scholar Dr Elham Sayyd Abdi)

Building your professional networks and connections with industry, other researchers and academics can powerfully help launch your career. Join the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) in Brisbane next week to discuss The Value of Networking with industry leaders. This session deep dives into the how, when, where and why of professional networking. Free.

Event details:
Thursday 12 April, 7:30am – 9:30am
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Embracing challenges & networking effectively: experiences of a Fulbright Scholar

Passionate information researcher and educator Dr Elham Sayyad Abdi has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence to explore people’s information experience in all aspects of life, with an aim to enhance informed citizenship.

A 2014 QUT PhD graduate, Dr Sayyad Abdi describes her Fulbright program, and how an eagerness to embrace new challenges and build professional networks has led her to exciting new opportunities in Australia and overseas.

We asked Dr Sayyad to tell us about her Fulbright program, her work and future goals, and for her tips for early career researchers.

 

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