Your graduate research degree equips you with both general and specialised skills, preparing you for either professional or industry career futures.
The University's Careers and Employment centre, along with UpSkills, provide you with resources to set you on the right path for a professional career or industry role, including putting you in touch with alumni who are working in professional fields. Your supervisors and advisory committee are another great resource for getting advice regarding professional careers, not just your academic future.
Check Careers and Employment for a range of advice and links related to careers in industry and other professions.
Most academic positions involve undertaking research and teaching in higher education. The University provides you with a number of opportunities to help set yourself up for an academic career.
The following programs are designed to help you prepare for a career in academia:
- Melbourne Teaching Certificate for Graduate Researchers
- Graduate Certificate in Advanced Learning and Leadership
Research Professional is a comprehensive database of national and international funding opportunities available to Australian researchers.
Career support services
You can access a range of supporting information and resources that help you plan your career, whether you want to pursue a career in industry, a professional career or one in academia.
Guides to assist you with job applications
- Preparing for Next Steps (cover letter and resume templates, common interview questions)
- Cover letters
- Selection criteria
- Application forms
Job opportunities within the University
Internships and placements
There are a number of opportunities for you to undertake internships and placements. These are a good way of getting experience in your field and building up your network of contacts for future job opportunities.
One such opportunity is the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) Internship Program. The Internship Program is specifically designed to foster links between graduate research students and industry professionals.
To seek further information about internship opportunities:
- Visit the Internships page on the Careers & Employment website
- Make an appointment with a Careers Consultant
- Talk to your supervisors or discuss opportunities with your colleagues and peers.