Your career path

Your career path

Everyone's career journey is different. Here's some resources to help you along the way.

At Macquarie University, we believe you are in the driver's seat of your career, choosing your direction and how you reach your destination. To help in your career choices and support your growth personally and professionally along the way, we've compiled the following resources as a starting point.

Understanding the world of work and higher education

Gathering information about the changing workplace landscape, level of demand for job roles, and industry trends can help you make informed decisions about your future education, training and career goals.

Recent industry reports

The Future of Work
(PDF, 4.4mb)

What does the future of work look like? In this report, Josh Bersin brings together a wealth of information to paint a picture of the future.

Australian Higher Education Workforce of the Future
(PDF, 2.04mb)

This report, sponsored by the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA), scans the higher education environment and anticipates workforce changes over the next ten to fifteen years.

Can the universities of today lead learning for tomorrow?
(PDF, 5.02mb)

What will make a university successful in a world where how we live, work and play is fundamentally shifting? In this industry report, EY outlines four scenarios for universities of the future.

Australian Universities at a Crossroads: Insights from their leaders and implications for the future
(PDF, 15.8mb)

Based on interviews with 117 university and policy leaders, this report explores the current status, critical issues and future challenges to the Australian university sector.

Career planning for success

The perfect time to start thinking about your career journey is now. Career planning involves a collection of activities to help you reflect on your career aspirations and then turn your career hopes and dreams into actionable steps. This can include exploring your values and strengths, mapping out your goals and identifying the key activities, people and skill development to help you along the way.

Here's some articles to help you start thinking about your career plan:

Linkedin learning formally Lynda.com courses on Career Planning

Course Skill levelDuration
How to develop your career plan Beginner 24 minutes
What to do in the first 90 days of your new job Beginner47 minutes
Managing your career: the mid-career dilemma Intermediate1 hour

Developing your personal brand

With the advancement of technology and social media, developing, promoting and protecting your personal brand has become an important part of our everyday life. A strong personal brand will improve your ability to get the right jobs, build your network and achieve your career goals.

Our Personal Branding tip sheet (PDF, 152kb) will give you some ideas on how to use personal branding to boost your career. Another great resource is this blog post from Forbes Coaching Council with 14 steps for creating an amazing online personal brand.

Linkedin learning formally Lynda.com courses on Developing your personal brand

CourseSkill levelDuration
Optimise your LinkedIn profileBeginner1 hour, 46 minutes
Creating your personal brandAppropriate for all33 minutes
Personal branding on social mediaAppropriate for all1 hour, 8 minutes
Personal effectiveness tipsAppropriate for all2 hours, 28 minutes
How to rock social mediaIntermediate53 minutes

Networking essentials

Networking for career development focuses on connecting with others in order to learn, share information and contacts, to collaborate and to offer mutual support and encouragement. While networking comes naturally for some people, for others it can be hard work - check out this article by Susan Cain on networking for introverts.

Our Networking tip sheet (PDF, 183kb) offers some tips and tools to support your networking goals.

Informational interviewing

Are you interested in learning more about 'a day in the life' of a job, a work area or a career change? An informational interview might provide the information you're looking for.

Our Informational Interviewing Guide (PDF, 230kb) provides more information, and offers some practical tips on how to conduct an effective informational interview.

Linkedin learning formally Lynda.com courses on Informational interviewing

CourseSkill levelDuration
Informational interviewingAppropriate for all49 minutes

Work shadowing

Do you want to take your understanding of an unfamiliar role, career or workplace a step further, to see what it involves on a day-to-day basis? Work shadowing is a way of working one-on-one for a short period of time, to observe another person's work activities and their workplace.

Our Work Shadowing Guide (PDF, 176kb) will give you a starting point to learn more about work shadowing options at MQ.

Mentoring at MQ

Want to learn the ropes, sharpen your skills, or discuss career goals? A mentor might be just what you're looking for. Being a mentor or a mentee can support the professional development and career goals of both participants.

Here's some resources to help you get started.

Linkedin learning formally Lynda.com courses on Mentoring

Course Skill levelDuration
Tips for finding a mentor Beginner 24 minutes
Mentoring others Appropriate for all 14 minutes
Being a good mentee Beginner55 minutes
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