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ASAA conference 2018

ASAA Postgraduate Workshop

Navigate the job application process and the networking world

The ASAA Postgraduate Workshop is designed to help higher degree research students think strategically about how to approach the job application process and what you can do to gain a competitive edge.

When:  9am – 12.30pm, 2 July 2018
Where:  Lecture Theatre 1130, Abercrombie Business School, Darlington Campus, University of Sydney

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Applying for academic jobs can be a daunting process. This workshop is designed to help higher degree research students:

  • Network effectively with academics of every level;
  • Think strategically about how to approach the job application process after the completion of your studies;
  • And give yourself a competitive edge.

The University of Sydney will bring together research students from Australia and international universities to participate in a one-day postgraduate workshop exploring these issues and more. The workshop will include presentations from academics who will be presenting at the ASAA Conference 2018. The workshop is designed to finish in time for participants to attend afternoon workshops (workshops with clashes have been asked to put student-relevant information in the second half of the day).

This workshop is open to all postgraduate members of the ASAA. We encourage participation from a diverse range of institutions, geographical focuses and disciplinary backgrounds. Postgraduates wishing to attend the workshop are strongly encouraged to attend the conference.

Applications for this workshop are now closed.





Registration and Introductions




Ms Natali Pearson, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre


Networking as an academic


What does good networking look like, and how to navigate different networking situations

Moderator: Prof Michele Ford, Director, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

Prof Kent Anderson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Community and Engagement), University of Western Australia

Dr Vannessa Hearman, Lecturer, Indonesian Studies, Charles Darwin University

Dr Tanya Jakimow, Senior Lecturer, Development Studies, University of New South Wales

Ms Natali Pearson, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre


Getting a job in academia

  • What we look for in a candidate
  • Group short-listing of candidates
  • Mock interview process
  • Feedback

Scientia Prof Louise Edwards, Modern Chinese Studies, University of New South Wales

Dr Elizabeth Hill, Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney

Dr Patrick Jory, Senior Lecturer, Southeast Asian History, University of Queensland


Lunch + End of Program


The ‘getting a job in academia’ section of the workshop will run as a mock interview process. Prior to the workshop, participants will be asked to submit a cover letter, CV and statement of claims against selection criteria for a “fake” (but realistic) academic position. During the workshop, students will work in groups to shortlist these applications. The top four candidates will proceed to interview. This mock interview will be conducted by a panel of academic experts during the workshop in front of all students.

Following the interview, the candidate will be asked to take a seat with their peers while the interview panel discusses the applicant’s interview. This public interview and feedback process is a valuable and useful experience, and will be conducted professionally and respectfully. It is a rare opportunity to receive direct and constructive feedback, to gain insights into the interview process, and to get honest feedback on what interview panels are looking for.

For this program, you will be assessed on the quality of your application – that is, the focus will be on the strength of your application, not the applicant themselves. This ensures that candidates at a later stage of their PhD are not unfairly advantaged for the purposes of this mock recruitment processes.

Applications are now closed.

Applications are now closed

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