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What our participants say


Indago's workshops, coaching sessions and resources are practical, outcomes-focused, draw on extensive evidence and expertise, and have been favourably reviewed by hundreds of participants around the world.


Recent clients include research teams and staff at: 

Australian Academy of Science (Workshops at Science at Shine Dome; Theo Murphy Initiative) 

Menzies Institute for Medical Research, UTas

University of Melbourne

University of Sydney

University of New South Wales

University of Newcastle

La Trobe University

RMIT University


Selected testimonials are provided below.

National Ageing Research Institute 

Hunter Medical Research Institute

University of Adelaide

Central Queensland University

Southern Cross University

Charles Sturt University

Fantastic event – very impressed! Certainly worthwhile attending – have learned a huge amount despite having attended many PD Early Career researcher workshops before.

Participant, career planning and leadership program

Kylie is a highly successful academic who is passionate about sharing what she has learned through her career with less experienced researchers.  She is warm, empathetic, smart, genuinely interested in the needs and aspirations of other academics, and in helping them develop their careers.  The career development workshop she recently ran with our group of early career researchers was highly valued by all – it was responsive to the needs of the group, and supported both individual and team reflection.  Meeting Kylie has been incredibly reassuring – in what can be an isolating and hyper-competitive world, collegiality is not dead!

Cathy, research team leader, University of Melbourne

The discussion gave me an opportunity to reflect on how I prioritise my work and develop strategies to complete the work that is most important to me and my career

Participant, Australian Academy of Science Theo Murphy Initiative STEM Transferable Skills workshop

I have been using some of the techniques for time management, planning and prioritising tasks, and it feels that things are going smoother ( I can control my anxiety by organizing/prioritising what has to be delivered).

Participant, Australian Academy of Science Theo Murphy Initiative STEM Transferable Skills workshop

Thank you very much for organising a great opportunity to devote time and energy to planning for the future. Often these sorts of issues are pushed to the backburner so thanks for encouraging me to consider the big picture of my career.

Participant, career planning and leadership program

I was wanting to tell you how much I have been enjoying Happy Academic and how much I look forward to the next instalment.  I feel like it is one of the only things that speaks to me going through this process.

Jane, Happy Academic subscriber

Kylie is my role model. Thank you so much for taking the time and energy to organise the workshop. It has been valuable. 

Participant, work-life balance workshop 

I asked Kylie for advice on polishing my CV. She was extremely insightful with lots of great suggestions that really helped to highlight my achievements, strengths and experience for applying for new positions.

Megan, ARC DECRA Fellow

Very insightful! Something for everyone to take away.

Participant, work-life balance workshop

I found Kylie’s honesty and reframing of work-life balance very refreshing and encouraging. Thank you!

Participant, work-life balance workshop 

I thought this was a great workshop, as publishing can be a bit confusing for young researchers. I thought the presenters were very thorough and I appreciated the "real-life examples" that were provided in the workshop. Would recommend to others. 

Participant, writing and publishing workshop 

Most valuable was the communication and interaction level between speaker and attendee. 

Participant, Grant writing workshop, Science in the Shine Dome 2019 

Kylie is one of the most important mentors I have had in my career and instrumental in inspiring me to travel to the other side of the world to work. I highly recommend her new company for early- and mid-career researchers looking for career advice.

Karen, mentee and former postdoctoral fellow, Melbourne 

I have had the great fortune of being mentored by Dr Kylie Ball for the past 3 years and it has been enormously beneficial.  Anyone who has read the Happy Academic knows that Kylie does not provide “the same old” advice.  She has spent years thinking through successful strategies on how to carve out a successful academic career.  As evidenced by her track record of success these strategies work!

Dr Dana Olstad, mentee and former postdoctoral fellow, Canada

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