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
Postgraduate mentor program
Curtin Guild’s Postgraduate Mentor Program provides new postgraduate students with access to a senior student who can provide guidance, feedback and support.
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 GRS.Training@curtin.edu.au for more information.
Curtin’s NEXT STEP mentoring program matches penultimate and final year Curtin students with industry mentors.
Career preparation Access iLecture recordings and slides of Curtin Career presentations, or search for resources on UniHub and other career websites.
HDR Job Searching and Networking
HDR Resumes and Cover Letters
HDR Selection Criteria and Interview techniques
HDR Professional Connections – How to create and leverage your brand
- HDR Professional Connections – How to create and leverage your brand 5 July 2019 [.pdf 4,338KB]
- HDR – Professional Connections WORKBOOK – How to create and leverage you brand [.pdf 665KB]
HDR Future Proofing Your Career Skills by the e-Grad School
- HDR Students – Developing Your Career Skills 21 November 2018 [.pptx 6,274KB]
- e-Grad School modules 21 November 2018 [.pptx 593KB]
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 and leadership
e-Grad School by the Australian Technology Network (online courses)
The e-Grad School (Australia) is a virtual graduate school providing fully online high quality training and professional development for post-graduate researchers. It’s a joint collaboration of the Australian Technology Network of Universities (Curtin, RMIT, QUT, UniSA and UTS) and its modules are free for Curtin students.
The modules are five weeks duration and include topics to help you consider, critique and contextualise your research; lead projects, people and careers; and engage with innovation, end-users and industry.
Visit the eGSA Online modules website to view the timetable and download the flyer.
Self and candidature management
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.
Preparing the Candidacy Application and Research Proposal (slides and video presentation)
Seminar 10 April 2018
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.