The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations has just released a report on “the careers, intentions and motivations of higher degree research students in Australia”.
The report takes data from the 2010 National Research Student Survey (NRSS). The survey included 25% of all research students in Australia (11,710 of us!). This is (not suprisingly) the largest survey of research students ever undertaken in Australia.
The report primarily explores the career intentions and motivations of these students. It provides particular emphasis on the interests of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students in following an academic career on completion of their degree and the support they have received in terms of preparation for university teaching during their candidature.
You can read the full report here, but if you’re interested in working in academia I’d recommend at least having a look at the executive summary. It gives a nice overview of what your competition is doing!