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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.

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…

Photo credit: stevendepolo Creative Commons/Flickr

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 mistakes and failure can add up to success



I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

Thomas A. Edison, Inventor

Do you worry about making mistakes and failing at things?

There’s an art to taking risks and the truth is fear of failure can keep you in a rut and get in the way of career success (however you define it).

Fact 1: Human growth and development through life depends on learning.

Fact 2: Making and reflecting on mistakes is an excellent (okay, not always painless!) way to learn.

Looking for proof? Read on. 

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Boost your career in finance through the FINSIA Career Connect Program


Are you a finance student looking for a broad perspective and understanding of the financial services as a whole? Finsia can help sharpen your skill set, build your knowledge and maximise what you have to offer employers in the financial sector through the Finsia CareerConnect program.

Finsia is the leading organisation for Australasia’s financial services industry, connecting its members with career services, resources and professional networks to build their professional capabilities and strengthen the industry. 



FAQs about Resumes

Which jobs should I include on my resume?

All of your full-time, part-time and casual jobs can be highly relevant to the jobs you apply for when you graduate.

Your employment history shows how you have developed skills, especially generic or ‘soft skills’ like:

  • communication
  • teamwork
  • problem-solving
  • customer service.

Having a history of employment also demonstrates that you are reliable, can work with people, and can manage study and work commitments simultaneously.

I’ve had a lot of similar jobs, how should I present these?

If you have had a number of jobs with similar responsibilities, you could  group them under one sub-heading. For example, if you have had multiple jobs as a waiter, list your job title as ‘Waiter’ and below that list the dates and places where you worked as a waiter with the most recent role first and the least recent position last. Then, list the responsibilities of those waiting jobs as though it was one position.


2009 – 2013

Restaurant 123: May 2013 – December 2013
A List Celebrity Restaurant: September 2011 – April 2013
Two Hatters Restaurant: January 2009 – August 2011

  • worked as a waiter for a number of leading restaurants in Melbourne during my university studies
  • developed a reputation as an outgoing, welcoming, and customer-focussed waiter
  • appointed to fill in for the Maitre’d during her two month absence from Restaurant 123 due to my professionalism and knowledge of the menu, systems and staff.

I’ve had some course related jobs and some non-related casual jobs, how should I organise those?

You can use sub headings to highlight the most relevant information (e.g. ‘Industry Related Employment’ for course-related employment, and an appropriate heading for the other jobs, such as ‘Hospitality experience’ or ‘Casual jobs’).

I have returned to study after having a family and haven’t worked for some time. How do I hide my gaps in employment?

You could structure your resume using a functional format where you focus on describing your skills. Think about the skills you have used and developed away from the paid workforce and list these up-front with examples. Perhaps you have been volunteering at your children’s school, such as assisting in the classroom,  organising excursions or being part of a fundraising committee? Maybe you’ve been involved in the community in other ways, as a volunteer, or contributed to a family business. Highlight that you have returned to study to enhance your skills and to get up to date experience with technology.

Your employment section would list where you’ve worked  and the roles and duties each job involved – position this after the skills section of your resume.

Be sure to highlight your  motivation and commitment to your new career, in  your cover letter and at interviews.


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