The Future Professional – Crossing the Bridge: Industry, Academia and You

Learn how to build your HDR skills and your research into a compelling asset for your future and lifelong employability. Where change is a constant and is all around, this module reinforces the recognition that ultimately, change begins from within.

HDR students face an ever-changing professional future.

Industries continue to embrace – or be forced to adapt to – advances in technology. The fourth industrial revolution, and its disruptive and innovative digital technologies, is posing huge challenges for employment, education, media, and research.

Society continues to experience rapid change. This module plants the seeds of understanding the role of the individual in navigating such change. The mindset required to be a disruptor, or to harness disruption. The courage to embrace change, the resilience to counter any adverse impacts, and the confidence to know how to explain it and bring others through that change.

It is through career development learning, which continues to grow in the professional and executive education space, that professionals are recognising the need to be adaptable, flexible, resilient, and cognisant of how to package up their skills for any stage of a market cycle.

Module Themes:

In this module, students will be given the opportunity to calibrate the disciplinary skills they have acquired, and work with industry and academic practitioners to construct this into a marketable asset for lifelong employability.

Throughout this module we will seek to bring forward all the great things you have to offer, get you to recognise and own them, and then package them up for you to take to the market whether as an academic, an entrepreneur, or an industry practitioner.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completing this module, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of industry sectors, and the innovations and disruptions which have changed and will change organisations and society
  • Produce a 3-5 year career management plan
  • Identify three organisations to target for future work/research collaborations, with accompanying rationale
  • Identify three target journalists for cultivating a professional media network

Who Should Enrol?

The content included in this module is suitable for students at all levels of knowledge and experience in these areas and is an optimal module for those in the second half of their PhD studies.

2023 Delivery Dates

4-week delivery period Live online workshop
Quarter 1 6 March – 31 March Tuesday 28 March
Quarter 2 5 June – 30 June Tuesday 27 June
Quarter 3 4 September – 29 September Tuesday 26 September
Quarter 4 16 October – 10 November Tuesday 7 November