Where your research can take you

During your graduate research degree, you will develop generalised and specialised skills, providing a strong foundation for roles in a range of industries and organisations.

Careers may be in academia, public service, corporate or not-for-profit sectors as well as entrepreneurial enterprises. We have a range of support services for all research staff, from help finding funding, networking with other researchers and career advice.

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Translate your unique skills and experience into a meaningful career.

Career planning resources

The Researcher Development Unit (RDU) is a resource for all members of the University of Melbourne research community, including graduate researchers, research-only academics, early and mid-career academics, established scholars, faculty research office staff and other professional colleagues.

Visit the Researcher Development Unit (log-in required)

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Career stories

Your degree will prepare you for an academic career in research, but it can also lead to roles in the private sector, small business, government or not-for-profit organisations.

Explore their stories