Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Building your employability takes time. This course shows you how to start that process. You can use the practical activities in this course from now until you graduate to increase your employability. This allows you to take advantage of opportunities when they arise or make your own opportunities in the workforce.

This course will deepen your understanding of how science education prepares you for your future careers. You will find out what skills employers seek and be able to recognise the disciplinary and transferrable skills you have already. You will learn how to communicate your skills to prospective employers in an engaging and evidence-based way. The course also helps you to plan strategically for a fulfilling long-term career even in a world where the employment market is volatile and uncertain.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify the disciplinary and enterprise skills expected in the workforce of today and in the future;

2. Articulate distinct skills gained through science qualifications and other life experiences;

3. Strategically prioritise personal skills development and planning, that support career aspirations.


  • Different types of scientists.
  • The value of skills developed through science education.
  • The skills that employers seek now, and will seek in the future.
  • Assessing current skills and skills gaps.
  • Strategically planning skills development.
  • Communicating skills to prospective employers. 

Assessment items

Professional Task: LinkedIn Profile

Journal: Reflective Journal Summary

Presentation: Multimedia Presentation

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Online Activity

Online 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.