Career building capabilities

Career building capabilities

There are nine career building capabilities (PDF) that underpin a career in research. At any stage in your career you may need to focus on developing or enhancing your skills in one or more of these areas.

For each capability there are workshops and support resources to help you build the skills, knowledge and practices for success and satisfaction in your chosen career. The ECR Network runs many workshops and seminars that develop these capabilities.

Career management

Career management encompasses the capabilities necessary to make informed career decisions such as:

  • understanding different research career pathways
  • self-reflection and analysis
  • setting and following career goals
  • developing networks
  • building track record
  • managing casual or temporary employment.


Managing your workload

Specific to immediate workload issues, managing your workload involves:

  • protecting your research time
  • setting goals and making time for research and writing
  • balancing competing work demands
  • understanding what is expected of you
  • developing effective communication with supervisors.

Relationships: collaborations, leadership and supervision

This capability relates to building networks, working as part of a research team, leading, supervising HDR candidates and collaborating across disciplines and organisations.


Research and teaching nexus

The research-teaching nexus supports the Kellogg Commission approach of "learning, discovery, engagement" (Kellogg Commission, 2000).


Getting published

Critical to writing is time. Additional factors that can have a positive impact on publishing success include mentoring and writing circles and having a clear publication strategy and plan.


Getting funding

This involves knowing:

  • what funding is available
  • what source of funding is best for your project
  • how to approach a funding body or potential partner organisation
  • grantsmanship
  • the ability to sell your project and experience.


Communication, outreach and engagement

This is about:

  • promoting the benefits of research to the community
  • identifying key audiences and markets
  • commercialisation
  • sharing knowledge
  • skills and experience for the benefit of others
  • engaging with the media.


Logistics: Managing your projects

It is important to understand:

  • Macquarie’s research and finance processes and requirements
  • ethics application processes
  • researcher responsibilities to the funding body and the University.

Work-life balance

The ability to maintain a healthy focus on life outside of work including social and family commitments. This is critical to ensuring stress management, a happy life and fulfilling work.

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