Job Ready

Employment and Communication Skills for STEM Students – a short course

Do you have the skills you need to get the job you want?

Job Ready will develop your communications skills and enhance your employability so you’ll stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs. With the help of science communication specialists and guest speakers from a range of employment and science fields, you will learn the key skills of public speaking, clear writing and successful interviews.

Job Ready is an 8-week program designed for science, technology, engineering and maths undergraduate and postgraduate students. For an hour each week, you will learn and practice communication in multiple modes to a variety of audiences. Not only will this help you in your studies, you will come away with the skills you need to effectively convey your achievements and talents to employers. There are no compulsory assignments or marked coursework, however, minimum attendance is required for successful completion.

As a professional skills course, Job Ready also satisfies the criteria for the Leaders in Community Award professional skills requirements.

Due to the nature of the course, enrolment numbers will be restricted. We will select applicants on the basis of a short written piece outlining why you want to be a part of the course (max 200 words).

Registrations for semester 1, 2018 will open in February.


Each session was jam-packed with information and exercises. Jen and Julia are masters at coordinating the program and making sure you don't waste a minute of your time in Job Ready. I signed up without knowing what to expect, but I am so happy that I did!

- Jamie Jie Mei Liew, Job Ready semester 1, 2017.

I think all university students should have to take some modules similar to this, just so you know what comes after uni.

- Lachie Talbot, Job Ready semester 1, 2017

I went to uni on Tuesdays just for Job Ready!

- David Zhang, Job Ready semester 1, 2017

Dr Jenny Martin, Facilitator

Known as Dr Jen on 3RRR Breakfasters and Einstein-a-Go-Go, Dr Jenny Martin has been talking about science on the radio for more than a decade. She designed and teaches UniMelb's science communication program, writes a popular science blog and is dedicated to helping scientists learn how to write and speak so that everyone else can understand them.

Julia Cleghorn, Facilitator

Julia has been working in the Science Communication field for almost 10 years. During her postgraduate studies, she travelled around Australia with the 2007 Shell Questacon Science Circus, performing science shows and workshop to students in remote areas. She has worked for Network Ten’s kids science show Scope, where she wrote scripts, presented on-air, and produced the show for three years. Julia has also worked as a freelance science writer and producer. She now works in the Marketing and Communications team for the Faculty of Science.