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Subjects to develop your experience in 2020

Do you want to apply what you’ve learned at university in an authentic workplace? La Trobe offers subjects in 2020 that will help you build your experience. Plus, each subject counts as 1 Practical Experience activity towards your Career Ready Advantage Award!

Service Learning in the Community (LTU2SLC)
Open to all students with a completion of 120 cps. Suitable for students who are wishing to gain community service experience. Click here for more info… or contact

Work Placement / Internship

These two subjects are suitable for students who are wishing to gain industry work experience.  In both subjects you will need to self-source your placement, however assistance can be provided for students who are unsure where’d like to be placed.

Open to all students from the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Commerce. Click here for more info… or contact

Open to students from the College of Science, Health and Engineering. Click here for more info… Or contact

Innovation Challenge

This subject runs in winter semester. Industry Innovation Challenge provides you with an opportunity to develop a real-world solution to a real-world challenge devised and developed in consultation with industry partners. View the subject info page

Careers Showcase 2020

Date: Wednesday 25 March 2020
Time: 11am – 3pm
Location: Union Hall, Bundoora Campus

More than 50 employers armed with graduate and internship opportunities are coming to La Trobe to meet you at the Careers Showcase. Organisations will be attending from across different sectors including small to medium business, government, private and not for profit.

This year’s one-day event will include:

– Graduate programs and entry roles
– Internship and vacation opportunities
– Free LinkedIn profile head shots
– Free CV and LinkedIn profile health checks
– Mini careers workshops and employer presentations

Register here:

Please note: Travel subsidies are available for regional students who wish to commute to Bundoora.

LinkedIn Learning course recommendations

Looking for something to listen to while you are travelling or have some down time? There are thousands of courses available on LinkedIn Learning. Viewing a LinkedIn Learning course counts as a Professional Learning activity for Career Ready Advantage. You can download the LinkedIn Learning app from your app store and download courses to watch on the go.

If you haven’t used LinkedIn Learning, you can activate your free account (provided by La Trobe) here.

Here are some recommended courses:

What activities did you do this year to build your career readiness?

The end of the year is time to reflect on the year that was. What are some of the great learning experiences you had this year? What did you learn about yourself? What do you need to work on to improve your grades, or achieve your goals? There are probably many things you have done that count towards achieving a Career Ready Advantage Award. You can submit details of completed activities anytime. Here are some examples:

Professional Learning

  • AIM & Wominjeka
  • LinkedIn Learning courses
  • RSA, RSF, or first aid courses

Practical Experience

  • Work placement subjects
  • Volunteered at least 40 hours in a community organisation
  • Worked for at least 120 hours in paid employment
  • Volunteered on campus, such as an Open Day host/ambassador
  • Study Abroad or international exchange
  • Served on a committee for a student club or community organisation

Go to CareerHub to submit details of your completed activities.  

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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