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.

You will attend one of two workshop timeslots held weekly in semester 1:

  • Workshop 1: Tuesdays 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Workshop 2: Thursdays 1:00pm - 2:00pm

There are no compulsory assignments or marked coursework, however, minimum attendance is required for successful completion.

Due to the nature of the course, enrolment numbers will be restricted. We will select applicants on the basis of a short written piece (max 200 words) outlining what you’d like to achieve by taking part in the course. 

Registrations for Semester 1, 2017 have now closed.

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 - Assistant 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.