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.

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 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 Academic Career Planning – 22 May 2020

HDR Job Searching and Networking

HDR Resumes, CVs and Cover Letters – 26 May 2020

  • Presentation slides – access via the ‘HDR – ROC training for students and supervisors’, an ‘Organisation’ on Blackboard available via self-enrolment.
  • Blackboard Collaborate recording

HDR Selection Criteria and Interview techniques – 28 May 2020

  • Presentation slides – access via the ‘HDR – ROC training for students and supervisors’, an ‘Organisation’ on Blackboard available via self-enrolment.
  • Blackboard Collaborate recording

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 and leadership

E-Grad Lead

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

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