Job Ready

Employment and Communication Skills for STEM Students – a short course

About Job Ready

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.

This 6-week program is designed specifically for undergraduate and graduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics students. For 1.5 hours each week, you will take part in workshop-style classes that cover topics including; Networking, Public Speaking, Effective Resumes, and How to be Successful in Interviews.

Job Ready will not only help you in your studies, but you will also come away with the skills 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.

Job Ready session times are:.

  • Tuesdays 1.15pm – 2.45pm
  • Tuesdays 3.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Thursdays 1.15pm – 2.45pm
  • Thursdays 3.00pm – 4.30pp

How to apply

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).

Applications are currently open and close Sunday 11 August.

Please note, this course is only for students studying in the Faculty of Science.

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Hear from previous students

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

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

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.

Maddy Yewers

Dr Maddy Yewers

Maddy is an evolutionary biologist, educator and facilitator, passionate about students exploring the wonders and possibilities of STEM to create a society that not only values STEM but is excited by it. She is an experienced science communicator across multiple research projects, teaching and in public engagement with a focus on outreach programs for high school students and teachers. She is an advocate for university students upskilling during their degrees through a variety of opportunities to transition into employment.