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Graduate Certificate of Innovation and Commercialisation
The Graduate Certificate of Innovation and Commercialisation provides students with a unique opportunity to develop the skills needed to turn inventions and ideas into commercial products. Students will be able to further develop their career and personal develop with focuses on research and development, intellectual property, entrepreneurship and marketing. This degree offers a chance for established researchers to develop a commercial focus or bring experienced marketers into a more specialised area. Researchers may also be able to use this degree as a starting point to move into management roles and non-academic environments.
This course is offered online through GradSchool over 1 year. Applicants must hold a recognised Diploma and have relevant work experience or hold and undergraduate degree or equivalent from a tertiary institution.
The following list provides some example jobs available to those with a Graduate Certificate of Innovation and Commercialisation. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.
- Clinical Research Coordinator
- Laboratory Analyst
- Laboratory Manager
- Laboratory/Research Assistant
- Market Intelligence Analyst
- Market Research Analyst
- Market Research Officer
- Marketing Co-ordinator
- Marketing Operations Officer
Getting the Edge
Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.
- Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
- Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
- Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
- Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
- Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
- Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
- Consider volunteering.
Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.
Innovation and Commercialisation graduates find employment opportunities in small, medium or large organisations of varying industries. Below are some examples of organisations that may recruit those holding this certificate. Check employers’ websites for sections titled Employment, Careers, Graduate Programs, or for similar sections. Some employers may also offer vacation work opportunities.
- Actavis (Australia)
- Alphapharm (Australia)
- Anglo-Australian Observatory (International)
- Australian and International Universities (International)
- Australian Bureau of Meteorology (Australia)
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (Australia)
- Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)
- Care Pharmaceuticals (Australia)
- CSIRO (Australia)
- Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation (DIGO) (Australia)
- Defence Materiel Organisation (Australia)
- Deloitte (Australia)
- Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Australia)
- Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Australia)
- Department of Climate Change (Australia)
- Department of Defence - Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) (Australia)
- Department of Defence (Australia)
- Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (Australia)
- Ericsson Australia (Australia)
- Fonterra (International)
- Foxtel (International)
- Healthy Snack People Pty Ltd (Australia)
- Hunter Medical Research Institute (Australia)
- Hunter New England Health (Australia)
- Key Pharmaceuticals (Australia)
- Masterfoods (Australia)
- Motorola Australia (Australia)
- Norco Co-op Ltd (Australia)
- NSW Department of Health (Australia)
- Optus (Australia)
- Orica (International)
- Origin Energy Australia (Australia)
- Parmalat - Milk & Dairy Products Supplier (Australia)
- Sanitarium Health Foods (International)
- Speciality Cereals Pty Ltd (Australia)
- Spinifex (International)
- Steggall Nutrition Pty Ltd (Australia)
- Telstra (Australia)
Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.
Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .
Job Prospects and Salary
For up-to-date information please see Job Outlook Australia. This site provides basic Australian labour market information including job prospects, skills requirements and salaries. You might try some of the classifications below as a guide on this site.
Societies and Associations
Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.
- AusBiotech (Australia)
- Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association (Australia)
- Australia Chinese Association for Biomedical Sciences Inc (International)
- Australia-New Zealand Biotech Alliance (Australia)
Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.
Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.
Job Search Sites
Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:
Australian and International
- CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.
- CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
- MyCareer: Australian and international listings
- Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
- The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs