Professional Development Program
A research degree from James Cook University is designed to prepare graduates for a wide variety of careers by building professional development activities into the degree program. Most Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates will go on to have careers outside academia, and career opportunities expand if they use their candidature for skills development. The first professional appointment after graduation will be determined not only by the research-specific technical skills gained during candidature but also the transferable generic skills and personal attributes. The JCU Graduate Research School (GRS) therefore makes available an extensive skills development program and requires all HDR candidates to develop a program of Professional Development as part of their degree candidature, in consultation with their advisory team.
Doctoral candidates complete the subject RD7003 Professional Development. This subject is intended to provide a framework for candidates to undertake professional development activities that will ensure they are well equipped for careers in the knowledge economy. Attainments as part of RD7003 Professional Development are recorded on the Australian Higher Education Graduate Statement (AHEGS), enabling future employers to see the nature and scope of professional development undertaken by the candidate. Please note: that RD7003 Professional Development is only a requirement for PhD candidates, not Masters candidates, although Masters candidates are required to complete the Compulsory Components.