Building professional and academic networks

It is extremely important for you to begin considering your future career options before you finish your studies. Whether you prefer to seek jobs in academia, in an industry or in a professional role, there is much you can do now to prepare for your career.

Making the most of conferences

In addition to being a great opportunity for networking with other industry and academic professionals, going to conferences provides you with invaluable insight into your chosen field. You should check regularly with your graduate school, student club or society to find out about relevant conferences that you should attend. You're encouraged to get involved in conferences, as they provide opportunities to present your research, submit a paper or poster or take part in a competition.

For information about attending conferences whilst you're studying (including obtaining funding to cover costs), read about applying for Study Away.

My supervisor's network

Using your supervisors' contacts is another effective networking strategy. This way, you will be connected with peers, colleagues and other academic and professional contacts who may be able to provide you with insight and opportunities in the career you'd like to pursue after your degree. Why not talk to your supervisors about widening your professional and academic network and see how you can develop your contacts?

Internship opportunties

Expand your professional networks and strengthen your research, professional and transferable skills through a graduate research internship. For information on finding a suitable internship and what you may need to consider before taking part, visit the Graduate Research Internships page.

Social media networks

Social networking sites like LinkedIn are increasingly important in developing and sustaining a network of contacts and connections in your field. Developing a professional online profile allows you to connect with others in your field and be discovered by potential employers.

If you are a woman in STEM, create and manage your profile on the Australian Academy of Science STEM Women directory

Following relevant groups and pages on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter will also help you to identify key players in your field, highlight networking opportunities, and may provide information about seeking careers in your area after you complete your studies. The University of Melbourne is active on most social media platforms.

ORCID profile

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an internationally recognised registry of unique researcher identifiers and helps you to establish and maintain your scholarly identity. You are encouraged to create an ORCID account as early as possible so that you will be identified correctly as the author of your publications produced during your candidature, including your thesis. Your ORCID profile may also assist in promoting yourself for an academic career.

Visit this University Libguide for more information on ORCID and how to register.

Create an ORCID account