Graduate Research School Forms Professional Development Career Statement Examples

Professional Development Career Statement Examples

Example Professional Development Career Statement - STEM  Fields

List of Professional Development Undertaken in Each Category

Knowledge and Research Abilities:

Individual Effectiveness:

Research Standards:

Professional Engagement:

Outcomes Summary: During my PhD, I attended 105 hours of professional development courses and workshops. I have summarised what I learned below:

Knowledge and Research Abilities:  My knowledge of Public Health was enhanced by my successful completion of a Masters level course in Epidemiology. I can now critically evaluate health publications using epidemiological principles, and appreciate the role of chance, bias and confounding, and their implications, in a given research situation.  In addition, this course taught me to recognise, describe and critically evaluate the major types of study designs and data collection techniques used in epidemiological study, and competently apply this knowledge to a research situation, as well as recognise, describe and evaluate the issues associated with the ethics of health research.

My scholarly writing has improved as a result of attending workshops on academic and thesis writing, critical thinking and preparing manuscripts for publication in professional journals. I learned how develop clear, articulate and logical arguments and to comply with the instructions to authors. I have had three papers accepted for publication in international journals and expect to produce another two papers from my thesis research.

Individual Effectiveness:  Successfully completing a PhD requires skills to manage not just the project, but also to balance many different demands and responsibilities and maintaining wellbeing. My capacity to handle stress was improved by attending a workshop on self-awareness, values and strengths, managing difficult thoughts and emotions and communicating effectively. I also attended a series of workshops on ‘mindfulness’ and learned several strategies that have helped me manage stress. I found the practice of meditation particularly useful and now manage my stress by meditating every day. I have also learned how to approach difficult conversations by undertaking an online module on this topic.

Research Standards:  I attended a face-to-face workshop on research integrity in which we worked in cross-disciplinary groups to determine how we would handle suspicions of a colleague forging research results and disagreements over authorship in accordance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. I learned of the different disciplinary norms over assigning authorship to multi-authored publications under the Code. After completing a workshop on Human Ethics practice, I applied for and received a Human Ethics permit for my PhD project and subsequently submitted the required report on my work to the JCU Human Ethics Committee.  My capacity to manage my time was improved by completing an online course in Project Management offered by the ATN E-Grad School. I was subsequently responsible for managing the research account for my project and came in slightly under budget each year.

Professional Engagement: During a ‘Wicked Tropical Problems’ workshop, I worked in a multidisciplinary team of four people selected by the workshop conveners.  After basic training in facilitation and media skills, we had two days to develop a pitch for a project. The hypothetical project we designed used the research skills of each member of our team to help policy makers enable rural Africans to have sustainable livelihoods, while enabling wildlife of conservation concern to survive in the face of climate change and development pressures. I delivered the four-minute pitch on behalf of my team and we won the competition.  My capacity to explain my work to a general audience was further improved by my participation in the JCU Three–Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, after I had attended a training workshop on how to succeed in this communication genre. I was selected to represent JCU in the Australasian finals.

Example Professional Development Career Statement - HASS Fields

List of Professional Development Undertaken in Each Category

Knowledge and Research Abilities:

Individual Effectiveness:

Research Standards:

Professional Engagement:

Outcomes Summary: During my PhD, I attended 110 hours of professional development courses and workshops. I have summarised what I learned below:

Knowledge and Research Abilities: My knowledge of qualitative research techniques was enhanced by my successful completion of a Masterclass in questionnaire design conducted by the Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research (ACSPRI) in Melbourne.  I learned how to build both hard copy and internet surveys to meet a variety of needs.  This course assisted me in preparing effective questionnaires for my current research project, and I expect to use this knowledge in my post-degree career.

My scholarly writing has improved as a result of attending JCU workshops on academic and thesis writing and critical thinking, as well as the scholarly writing masterclass for humanities candidates. I learned how develop clear, articulate and logical arguments for both my thesis and for my planned research-based book.

Individual Effectiveness:  Successfully completing a PhD requires skills to manage not just the project, but also to balance many different demands and responsibilities and maintaining wellbeing. My capacity to handle stress was improved by attending a workshop on self-awareness, values and strengths, managing difficult thoughts and emotions and communicating effectively. I also attended a series of workshops on ‘mindfulness’ and learned several strategies that have helped me manage stress. I found the practice of meditation particularly useful and now manage my stress by meditating every day. I have also learned how to approach difficult conversations by undertaking an online module on this topic.

Research Standards:  I attended a face-to-face workshop on research integrity in which we worked in cross-disciplinary groups to determine how we would handle suspicions of a colleague forging research results and disagreements over authorship in accordance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. I learned of the different disciplinary norms over assigning authorship to multi-authored publications under the Code. After completing a workshop on Human Ethics practice, I applied for and received a Human Ethics permit for my PhD project and subsequently submitted the required report on my work to the JCU Human Ethics Committee.  My understanding of sustainable personal, professional and academic practice was deepened by my completion of a Global Sustainability online course run by the eGrad School.

Professional Engagement: During a ‘Wicked Tropical Problems’ workshop, I worked in a multidisciplinary team of four people selected by the workshop conveners.  After basic training in facilitation and media skills, we had two days to develop a pitch for a project. The hypothetical project we designed used the research skills of each member of our team to help policy makers enable rural Africans to have sustainable livelihoods, while enabling wildlife of conservation concern to survive in the face of climate change and development pressures. I delivered the four-minute pitch on behalf of my team and we won the competition.  My capacity to explain my work to a general audience was further improved by my participation in the JCU Three–Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, after I had attended a training workshop on how to succeed in this communication genre. I was selected to represent JCU in the Australasian finals.