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.

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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Transitioning from academia to industry

How do researchers make the transition from academia to industry? How do you articulate the skills you obtained through your PhD in a way that is relevant to industry workplaces?

Junior researchers who have successfully made the shift from academia to industry describe how to shape your CV, respond to interview questions, and develop professional networks. Read their top tips and advice in ‘How to sail smoothly from academia to industry’.

 

Apply to become a Visiting Fellow with QMomentum

We’ve just launched QMomentum here at QUT, and a lot of our recent PhD graduates are curious to know how becoming a Visiting Fellow will benefit them.

If you wish to continue your research independently at QUT, with a view to publishing and advancing your research, you can apply to become a Visiting Fellow and receive:

FULL library access – borrowing, databases, etc.

Staff card access – to library rooms, staff parking, and staff discounts

Access to a huge range of QUT services and support, including:

  • Grant writing advice and assistance
  • Research development workshops, news, and events
  • Research partnerships advice and assistance
  • Commercialisation opportunities, events, and advice
  • Networking with researchers, academics, and industry

Joining is easy. All you have to do is download the Visiting Fellow Application Form, fill it out and have your former supervisor or QUT mentor sign it, and return it to us. (If you have any trouble finding someone to support your application, just contact us.)

You can read more about the benefits of joining QMomentum and how it can help kickstart your career on our webpage, or by emailing us at askqmomentum@qut.edu.au