Set for Success for Graduate Researchers: Taking Time Out and Staying Positive

Set for Success in November will focus on taking time out and maintaining a positive outlook as we head towards 2021.

The Melbourne Medical School's Graduate Research Portfolio launched "Set for Success" on Wednesday 14 October - a monthly interactive virtual discussion series geared towards our 600-strong cohort of graduate research students.

Set for Success aims to equip our graduate researchers with tools to maximise their own career trajectory.  Featuring a panel of guest speakers, from diverse backgrounds and fields, every month delivered via zoom. Participants will learn new skills and strategies to maximise their career opportunities beyond their PhD.

Moderated by Dr Tanya Bradford, Dr Chris French and Ms Nora Hanafi kicked off the first webinar with a panel discussion on the topic titled "You’re the Boss: A business plan approach to your PhD and beyond." Panellists for the inaugural webinar were:

  • Prof Michael Vitale, Melbourne Business School
  • A/Prof Justin Yeung, Dept of Surgery (Western Health)
  • A/Prof Louisa Ng, Dept of Medical Education (Royal Melbourne Hospital Clinical School)
  • Mr Daniel Gould, MMS Research & Research Training Committee Student Representative

The panellists discussed on how a PhD student might take ownership of their journey and explore ways on how they can start laying the foundation for future career development opportunities. Panellists started off discussions with a brief background on what they do now, how they arrived at that point, and will reflect on what strategies worked, and what didn’t, to maximise their career trajectory while completing their PhDs.

You can view October's discussion  here.

November's topic will focus on stress management strategies and well-being. Webinar registration details will be circulated shortly.

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Dr Chris French and Ms Nora Hanafi