Know yourself and your options

Know yourself

  • Ask yourself (and ask others)
    • What kind of researcher are you? What are your strengths as a researcher?
    • What other interests do you have?
    • What are you good at? What would you like to be good at?
    • What would you like to be known for? What is important to you about your career?
  • Download the relevant skills audit to see the range of skills gained through higher degree research and reflect on your strengths and areas for development: PhD Skills Audit, Masters by Research Skills Audit.
  • The researcher career assessment tools Science Careers Individual Development Plan (for STEM researchers) and Imagine PhD (for Humanities, Arts and Social Science researchers) are excellent resources to start exploring your career possibilities.
  • Reflect on your values, motivations, temperament, resilience and other individual factors that influence your career through the Career Self-assessments.

Know your options and build your network

  • Ask your supervisor and colleagues in your research group or discipline for information (and connection to) previous research graduates
  • Read the alumni posts at our UOW HDR Career Conversations blog
  • Get an understanding of postdoctoral funding opportunities through the Research Services Office resources
  • Use LinkedIn Alumni tool to search for research graduates, and connect with UOW graduates working in your career of interest
  • Set up email alerts on recruitment sites with relevant keywords (topic, subject, discipline, “research” or other specific skills)
  • Get an insight into research graduate careers online:
  • For more online resources download our ‘What do HDR Graduates do? Career Inspiration for HDR Students’ handout here