Professional Development Program

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AINSE is pleased to announce a new Professional Development Program, open to all AINSE postgraduate scholars in receipt of a PGRA or RSS as at 1st January 2021.

All elements of the program will be conducted via Zoom and are free to access for AINSE postgraduate students. Registration is essential.

The program was launched by Hugh Kearns (ThinkWell), with ongoing sessions from academic and industry experts throughout 2021 to assist with academic writing, job search and career readiness.

Download the flyer here

One-on-one coaching sessions:

July -December, various times. Please note that all registration times are AEST (Sydney time) by default:
“General Career Coaching and Academic CV Feedback” Individual sessions with executive coaches Julie Ferris and Elizabeth Fish.

You are able to book an individual coaching session with Elizabeth or Julie to discuss your career planning and receive feedback on your Academic CV.  A maximum of three coaching sessions per student are available in 2021. Please visit either of the links to check availability.

Please note: you will be directed to an external website to complete your registration. All available registration times are split between calendars A and B.


Next Webinar Sessions:

December 10, 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm AEDT (Sydney time): 
Webinar: “Defeating Self-Sabotage featuring Hugh Kearns.

“Procrastination, perfectionism, over-committing. Sound familiar? Learn how to identify your own patterns, find out what might be behind them, and work out what you can do to tackle them so that you can get your thesis finished.”

All attendees will receive a free copy of Hugh’s book “Defeating Self Sabotage” courtesy of AINSE.

 Calendar of Events:

  • July-December: Individual coaching and resume review sessions. Register now (calendar A, calendar B external links)
  • December 10: “Defeating Self-Sabotage” featuring Hugh Kearns. Register now.

All events, dates and times are subject to change. Please review this page frequently for updates.

Past Events:

  • June 15: Launch Event: “The PhD Experience” featuring Hugh Kearns.
  • June 17-30: “Career Planning – What are your options and timeframes?” Individual sessions with executive coaches Julie Ferris and Elizabeth Fish. 
  • June 30, July 2, July 6: Webinar: “Academic Resume Essentials” featuring Julie Ferris and Elizabeth Fish. 
  • July 15, 21, 26: Webinar: “Networking/Communicating in a Research Environment” featuring Julie Ferris and Elizabeth Fish.
  • August 13, 18, 23: Webinar: “Developing Confidence and Skills for Interviews” featuring Julie Ferris and Elizabeth Fish.
  • September 2: Workshop: “Intro to Design Thinking, Part 1 (Mindset)” featuring Carol Azzam Mackay.
  • September 9: Workshop: “Intro to Design Thinking, Part 2 (Methodology)” featuring Carol Azzam Mackay.
  • September 13, 21, 29: Webinar: “Maximising LinkedIn and Effective Industry Based Resumes” featuring Julie Ferris and Elizabeth Fish.
  • September 15: “Turbocharge your Writing” featuring Hugh Kearns.
  • October 21, 26, November 4: Webinar: “Strategic Job Search?” featuring Julie Ferris and Elizabeth Fish.


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