National Careers Week 2024

Here's how to get started and develop your employability while you study!

Career development is about much more than jobs – it is about how to live your life!

Your career has already started...your casual and part time jobs count, the transferable skills you practice in everyday life count. Think broadly when deciding your next steps and be empowered to follow your passion, be imaginative, inquisitive and forge a path that’s right for you.

A/Professor James Ziogas, Biomedicine Program Director

From gaining employability skills, networking, volunteering, mentoring to getting your first job, National Careers Week is a great opportunity to take a moment and see what’s on offer around the University and beyond – and set yourself apart from the crowd.

We spoke to a few of our research and alumni stars below about their careers and got their advice...here's what they had to say. Watch now and read more below.

Department of Anatomy & Physiology
Prof Matt Watt

Matt is Head of the Dept of Anatomy & Physiology, Lab Head of Watt Laboratory and a Metabolism and Diabetes research expert! His advice? "Don’t be afraid to pursue that big new idea!"

A/Prof Garron Dodd

Garron is a Neuroscientist and Head of the Metabolic Neuroscience Laboratory. His research is focused on understanding how the brain controls the development of metabolic diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Garron's advice? "Science is all about taking chances and being different...it is often the “non-traditional” skills learnt during these aspects of formal training that are critical to success."

Department of Biochemistry & Pharmacology

Dr Elena Scheider-Futschik

Elena is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Schneider-Futschik Laboratory. She has been exploring the safety and effectiveness of Trikafta in pregnancy on mothers and their babies. The approval of Trikafta is a major breakthrough in the treatment of cystic fibrosis and sufferers are able to live longer, healthier lives. .

Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Dr Nick Gheradin

Nick is a Bachelor of Biomedicine Alumni and Senior Research Fellow focused on T cell Immunology. His advice? "Keep an open mind to subjects and career pathways you may not have previously considered. I decided to give research a go, and I haven't looked back."

Master of Biomedical Science Alumni

Bonnie Zhang

Bonnie is a Master of Biomedical Science Alumni and Program Manager, Translating Research At Melbourne (TRAM). Her advice? "It's okay to not know where you want your career to go, find what you like and the rest will work itself out – it has for me!"

You can watch Bonnie's interview in our Master of Biomedical Science Spotlight Series here where she talks about her Masters experience.