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Enter the Top 100 Future Leaders competition

Be recognised as one of Australia’s top future graduate talents and you might see your face in the Australian Financial Review. You’ll get a taste of a full graduate recruitment process – even putting you in front of some of Australia’s top employers for interviews! The Top100 Awards is a truly unique experience to develop your application skills, communication skills, and personal branding to give your career a head start before you even graduate.

What’s involved?

There are 5 stages in the application process, which is very similar to what you will find when applying to graduate programs.

  • Application Form
  • Psychometric Testing
  • Video Interview
  • Assessment Centre – this is run in Sydney in February 2020. If you make it to this stage, Grad Connection will fly you to Sydney for the event. 
  • Awards Night – this is where you find out if you have won!

La Trobe will recognise your involvement in the Top 100 Leader competition. The application form, psychometric testing, video interview, and assessment centre all count as Career Portfolio items for your Career Ready Advantage Award. So make sure you record completion of each stage of the process via our workflow in CareerHub.

How to prepare

Here are some resources to help you prepare for the Top 100 competition and for any internship or graduate program you might apply for.

Application form

Watch a video about completing online application forms.

Read our Career Ready blog post – 8 tips for online applications

Psychometric testing

Read up on some tips from the Career Ready blog.

Visit a practice test site to view example questions or take a full practice test.

Video Interview

Access La Trobe’s Big Interview to learn how to perform in an interview, and practice your video interviewing skills

Assessment Centre

Find out what an assessment centre is and how to prepare.

Top 100 Application

Applications open on Monday 4 August 2019 and run for approximately 4 weeks.

Does going to a private school or top university get you the best jobs?

GraduateSome people assume that people who went to private school and/or a top university will have the most successful careers. Well, some new analysis of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics (HILDA) Survey has found that in Australia there is actually little financial and long-term career benefit from attending a private school.

What about the university you choose? Well, here the data shows that there is no significant difference on which university you attend.

“For university graduates employed on a full-time basis, graduation from a Go8 university had no effect on occupational prestige after taking into consideration the effects of sex, age and type of school attended. There was no pay-off for graduation from a Go8 university in the form of increased earnings, nor did type of school attended have any effect, after controlling for the effects of age, sex and field of study.”
– Chester (2014), Private schooling has little  long-term pay-off. The Conversation, 13 August 2014

Resources from MasterClass: Applying for Graduate Jobs and Internships

Over 220 students in July 2014 attended the MasterClass workshop on applying for graduate jobs and internships. We hope the workshop will help you successfully apply for an internship or graduate job.

Here are some resources from the workshop:

eBook on Graduate Programs

Presentation Slides

Finding a mentor may be a key step towards your future career

Are you managing  a chronic illness, injury or disability while you study and develop your career? Actively seeking out a supportive mentor can be a key step in building your work experience and confidence. Programs such as WAM and PACE  provide access to workplace mentors and aim to support students who have a disability and address some of the obstacles they may face. Participants get the opportunity to meet 6-8 times with a mentor in their workplace.

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Employer Profile: Department of Environment and Primary Industries

Department of Environment and Primary Industries bannerDEPI provides an efficient management approach for public and private land, and water for the people of Victoria. DEPI is focused on protecting our environment, boosting productivity in Victoria’s world-class food and fibre sector and the management of our natural resources, we do this through extensive community consultation in the development and implementation of our policies. Continue reading

Why now is the time to apply for 2015 Graduate Programs


If you’re in the final year of your degree…

now is the time to start thinking about employment for when you finish your course. Whether you finish mid-year or at the end of 2014, you need to begin considering where you would like to work and researching when the companies you are interested in recruit new graduates. Continue reading

Employer Profile: Australia Post


As an Australia Post graduate you will become a part of an award-winning graduate program. You will also be contributing to one of the biggest transformations in Australian business today. We offer roles in a variety of areas and are seeking graduates who want to start their professional career. Continue reading

Employer Profile: EY

EY have a number of opportunities for students to gain experience through their Game Changers Club, Vacation Program and Graduate Employment. Continue reading

Dixon Advisory’s Graduate Program


Apply for Dixon Advisory’s Graduate Program today

W     T 1300 883 158

Applications close 5.00pm Monday 24 March 2014

Would you like to work in an exciting and challenging role in accounting, portfolio management & stockbroking, private wealth advisory, property* or funds management & corporate finance* with an award-winning and respected financial advisory firm? Continue reading

HDR Resources: The Thesis Whisperer

If you are contemplating embarking on the higher degree research journey, then The Thesis Whisperer is a blog you should follow. The blog is edited by Dr Inger Mewburn from ANU. You’ll find plenty of good advice from selecting research questions, techniques to keep sane while you write 100,000 words, managing the relationship with your supervisor, surviving the ups and downs of research, plus more.


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