Transferable skills: training and resources

These are programs to support you in developing transferable skills, with a specific focus on interpersonal skills and personal development.

Professional and career development


STEM mentoring

Curtin, through the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) offers mentoring for research students who are studying science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics. Contact for more information.

Industry mentors

Curtin’s NEXT STEP mentoring program matches penultimate and final year Curtin students with industry mentors.


HDR Networking and Using LinkedIn – 11 November 2021

HDR Job Searching and Networking – 26 June 2019

HDR Using LinkedIn to boost your career – 26 November 2019

Career preparation Access iLecture recordings and slides of Curtin Career presentations, or search for resources on UniHub and other career websites.

HDR Resumes and Cover Letters – 16 November 2021

HDR Selection Criteria and Interview Techniques – 17 November 2021

HDR Networking and Using LinkedIn – 11 November 2021

HDR Academic Career Planning – 8 November 2021

HDR Job Searching and Networking – 26 June 2019

HDR Professional Connections – How to create and leverage your brand

HDR Future Proofing Your Career Skills by the e-Grad School


UniHub contains a variety of training and resources to improve your skills in leadership, research, studying and careers, as well as help with resumes, job interviews and finding a job.

Jobs in higher education

Higher Degree by Research graduates often find jobs in the higher education sector. See these websites for job listings:

Careers with STEM

The Careers with STEM website provides resources and support for students planning to work in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics.

Teamwork, leadership, conflict management and decision-making

ATN Frontiers Program ATN Frontiers is an innovative Higher Degree by Research professional development program from Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN).

Frontiers program,  Australian Technology Network (online courses)

Co-created and delivered by expert academic and practitioner staff across ATN member universities, ATN Frontiers offers a suite of futurist-focused learning modules free of charge to ATN Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students.
Each module is designed by subject matter experts from across ATN to suit students from all academic and professional with a range of ambitions for where their research degree leads them in their career, roles and industries.
The program consists of three levels of modules for candidates to complete sequentially.

Modules are studied online within a 4-week learning period. Modules contain 6-8 hours of self-paced online material plus 2 hours of live facilitated workshops with content experts.
Students can receive a digital credential through OpenLearning and the ATN for each module by completing the module learning activities.

View flyer or visit website:

Modules commencing 2021

  • The Future Professional
  • Future of Data
  • Future of Work and Innovation

Additional modules coming 2022

Email for program dates and how to register.

Goal Setting, Leadership and Decision Making

Goal Setting – April 2021

Part 1 (Intro) – 19 April 2021 Slides [8,043 KB]

Part 2 (Review) – 25 April 2021 Slides [4,775 KB]

Mindfulness Scavenger Hunt handout [243 KB]

Continuous Personal Development Plan template [27 KB]

Recording Part 1 – 19 April [1 hour 50 minutes]

Recording Part 2 – 25 April [1 hour 26 minutes]

Leadership in the Workplace – 20 October 2021

Leadership in the Workplace 20 October 2021 slides

Recording [1 hour 27 minutes]

Decision Making Under Pressure – 20 October 2021

Decision Making Under Pressure 20 October 2021 slides

Recording [1 hour 13 minutes]

Self and candidature management

Research planning

Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students by Hugh Kearns

Seminar 11 December 2019

Planning Your PhD by Hugh Kearns (online publication)

Planning Your PhD: All the tools and advice you need to finish your PhD in three years by Hugh Kearns is a publication available online to Curtin students through the Library.

Hugh Kearns is a consultant, researcher and author, and is considered an expert in the field of higher degrees by research. You can find more of his resources and tips for researchers at the Thinkwell website.

Guide for international HDR students (online publication)

The International Education Association of Australia has published a Guide for International Candidates which suggests actions and behaviours international HDR students can follow to help them develop the skills needed to negotiate cultural differences and multiple cultural, professional and personal adjustments.

Time management

Coming soon

Thesis options

Coming soon