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.

Practice your pitch

Being able to pitch an idea is a valuable skill – whether in entrepreneurship or in your every day personal life. There are a number of upcoming opportunities for you to develop and pitch ideas and significant prizes, support, and/or promotion available.

These include:

At QUT foundry’s Pitch Coaching sessions:

  • practice pitching your idea for a product, startup business or social enterprise (whatever stage it’s at – from ‘just an idea’, to prototype, minimum viable product, or new venture)
  • get constructive feedback from panelists – to both improve your pitch and idea
  • get competition ready!

The next session is Thursday September 13, from 12-2PM. Register here.

Writing and publishing resources from RDTF

The Faculty of Education held another successful Research and Publications Week on 2nd – 5th July which featured engaging sessions on research design and analysis, academic writing and publishing.

Research and Publications Week is one of a number of events held as part of the Faculty of Education’s Research Development and Training Framework. Many RDTF sessions are open to researchers past and current, and attending can be a great way of connecting with the Faculty, networking with other researchers and continuing your learning after graduation.

Recordings, PowerPoints and other resources from RDTF sessions can be accessed by anyone with a QUT log-in and password on the OER Research Development and Training Framework Blackboard Community page. If you’re planning to continue researching and publishing from your thesis, consider nominating as visiting fellow to obtain access to these and other QUT resources.

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Publishing from your thesis: tips, advice and resources

After submitting his thesis for examination, Dr Stephen Vincent prioritised publications and produced five papers from his PhD research. He describes:

“Not only is it important to share your findings with the wider community, but this will help to boost your research profile and demonstrates a tangible long-term project outcome to potential employers.”

Dr Vincent is a 2011 QUT PhD alumnus. Read more about his career post-PhD and his advice for new graduates, including tips for boosting publications.

Koficon – where people and ideas connect

KofiCon brings together QUT higher degree students, doctoral graduates and researchers from all disciplines. It’s an opportunity to share ideas, connect and collaborate in a relaxed setting.

Free, and all welcome.

 

Event details:
May 10, 10am on “The Terrace”, Level 5, R Block (Library)
QUT Kelvin Grove Campus.
Register.

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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.

How to Think Strategically and Be Agile in a Fast Changing World

The workshop is centred around helping you, whether a startup founder, business manager, or otherwise, to think strategically and act with agility in an environment characterised by unprecedented technological and social change.

Led by a strategist in the technology space, Jordan Duffy (a young entrepreneur and partner of Buckham and Duffy), this workshop draws on: design thinking principles; agile methodology; evolution; and strategic management. 

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The new Quick Find is ready for you to start searching

There is a new and improved Quick Find search available for you to search for articles and books, as well as items located in the Library. Check out some of the new features and improvements. See what has changed:

  • Request PDF scans of hardcopy material of articles and chapters
  • New look My loans and holds: So user friendly!
  • New filters: Limit to hardcopy books
  • My Favourites: Permanently save your favourite books, articles and searches.
  • Find related articles: Enhanced to include cited and citing articles
  • New Browse items search: By subject, title or author
  • New Find a journal search: Browse to the online volume, issue and article.

More information and help is here. Your feedback and suggestions on the new Quick Find are welcome!

Copyright matters everywhere, in all our communications

The need to observe the rights and obligations of copyright continues beyond QUT.

Beyond the vast array of books and journals that QUT offers, there are many “open’ resources available on the internet. Resources with broad re-use rights are licensed using Creative Commons (CC)  licences. That means they are openly available on the internet- not behind paywalls; and free to re-use.

More information about Creative Commons

Find images, music and more using CC search

Find open access journal articles using BASE or in PLoS

QUT is part of the Creative Commons Global Network. Got a question about copyright or Creative Commons? Contact us!

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.