Why it’s time to find a mentor

If you’re in in your penultimate or final year of study and thinking about life beyond university, having a mentor is one way to get a head start on your career.

Career Ready Mentoring  is part of Career Ready Advantage and can connect you with alumni and other professionals, and help you prepare for a career in your area of interest.

This program is for current students at La Trobe University.

We have more than 300 mentors from fields including:

  • Business: management, marketing, accounting, finance, logistics, and HR
  • Law
  • Media and communications
  • Nursing and midwifery
  • Psychology and public health
  • IT
  • Education and teaching
  • Science research, engineering, and bio-medicine
  • Social services, allied health, and social work
  • Government

What’s involved?

  • Through a structured one-to-one mentoring partnership, you’ll receive critical career planning support and guidance through a rewarding program of learning, networking and career development.
  • You’ll need to be available for regular meetings with your mentor, either in person or online.

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Keen to study in China?

Night crowds, Xi’an, by Dimitry B.
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It could be worth pursuing a  BHP Billiton Australia China Scholarship, through The Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC).

These scholarships have been established to encourage Australian students and young professionals to pursue specialised study, research and experience in priority areas of interest in the bilateral Australia-China relationship.

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Help! I need career advice…

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Looking for a volunteer or part- time job and not sure where to start?

Need professional  feedback on your resume or job application before you press ‘SEND’?

Applying for an internship?

Or are you trying to figure out  your career direction?

If it’s career or job related, Careers & Employability staff can help you get on track.

We’re here to help you get  the Career Ready Advantage while you study,  by developing the skills and attributes employers are looking for in graduates.

Connect with us through our drop-in services, appointments, Career Hub questions, workshops and events and Unitemps.

Visit the website  or come to a drop-in session .

P.S. Any current La Trobe student can use our services.

Graduates can also access us  up to 12 months after course completion.

Careers in nursing

Considering nursing as a career?

Or maybe you’re about to graduate with a nursing degree and looking for work opportunities?

Here are some starting points.

Find out about careers in nursing

Research and narrow down your options

Study nursing

If you’re already studying nursing and looking ahead to graduate employment…

we recommend downloading the Nurse and Midwife Graduate Handbook 2018.

Graduate Nursing and Midwifery Programs

Graduate Nursing and Midwifery Programs give graduates an opportunity to further develop their skills and competence in a hospital setting through a formal, supervised twelve month program.

As not everyone will be eligible for graduate programs, it’s important to know that you don’t have to do a graduate program to start work as a nurse when you complete your studies. You are able to apply directly to hospitals, for entry level nursing roles.

If you do want to apply for graduate programs,  you’ll need to do this in the final year of your studies.

For more detailed info, take a look at Victorian State Government information on Graduate Nursing and Midwifery Programs

FAQs about graduate nursing and midwifery programs

How do I apply?

There are 2 ways to apply:

  1. Participate in the computer matching process (GNMP match), administered by the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV). Most public health services and some private facilities use this matching process to select candidates.
  2. Apply directly to the health services or private facilities who do not participate in the GNMP match and who have advertised their programs through their website or online job boards.

Which hospitals participate in the Computer Matching Process?

The GNMP matching site includes Hospital Directories that you can check online.

What happens if I am not matched to a health service or hospital?

Many graduates want to participate in a grad program so this makes the process of applying quite competitive and unfortunately not all candidates will be matched.

If this happens to you, there are a number of options to consider.

  1. After the matching process is complete (usually around October),  some health services will still have vacancies and will advertise on their websites and job boards such as Seek and you can apply that way.
  2. Consider relocation as a way to get started – look for rural or a regional entry level roles or graduate programs.
  3. As some graduates do drop out of graduate programs it’s worth checking with health services in December-February to see whether any positions have become available and need to be filled at short notice.

Creating competitive job applications 

Nursing is a career that depends on excellent communication skills, so you’ll need to make sure your resume and job applications demonstrate this, as well as your attention to detail and motivation.  Likewise, you need to be able to follow instructions and procedures on the job – this also applies to  hospital and other employers’ job application processes! Not doing so can count you out early on in the recruitment process. For advice on job applications, it’s worth getting feedback from a Careers and Employability Adviser.  We’re here to help!

Information developed by Anna Luciani, Careers & Employability Adviser

How Unitemps Can Help You Find a Flexible Job

If you haven’t heard about Unitemps at La Trobe, you’re missing out on valuable career help.

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4 Helpful Tips from Unitemps

If you are a student considering registering with Unitemps, or if you’ve already signed up and are applying for job opportunities, here’s a good refresher on the preparation students need to take when jump-starting their career.

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Hicksville is Home

“La Trobe University, Bendigo Campus” front entrance sign

Are we really country hicks? How being regionally based can reward your career.

I’ve heard it time and time again. After I finish my degree I’m moving to the big smoke. Or I’ll find my first job here, get some experience then move. And sure, if you love the lure of city skylines, tailgating traffic and the countless events that a burgeoning social calendar beckons then that’s immensely attractive. I can, however also take a metro trip via rail or the freeway (yes we have evolved from dirt roads) to get a fix of my city trappings but still enjoy my country career. And I rarely pay for parking.

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Volunteering: What Does It Mean?

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Volunteering. Everyone’s heard of it. Most of us have even volunteered at some point in our lives. But what does it mean to be a volunteer?

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Event Recap: Don’t Be A Pack of Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Career Ready hosted on 7th September ‘Career Options in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG)’ and were joined by six industry professionals from Coles, Coca Cola Amatil and Six Degrees. Emma, a Career Ready Ambassador went along for the event and shares the insights employers gave on what it’s like to work in FMCG and how to succeed in your career.  Here’s what they had to say:

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Find job opportunities with Unitemps La Trobe!

 

Unitemps is La Trobe University’s first official on-campus recruitment agency. We have been busy helping students and graduates acquire casual, part-time work since April of 2017.

Our services provide opportunities for members to achieve professional experience. We can help you develop career ready skills while you earn money through a wide range of job options.

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