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6 Reasons Why I Love Being a Career Ready Ambassador


Working as a Career Ready Ambassador at Career Ready involves assisting students to connect with programs and services that will build their employability. Here are 6 reasons why I love my role.


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Career Ready Advantage: Complete the orientation module to win a $1000 travel voucher!

The Career Ready dashboard on the My La Trobe app.

As a part of the support that La Trobe offers you in your journey through university, we have created a program that will help you to develop the skills that a wide range of employers have told us that they need from graduates.

The program is called Career Ready Advantage. And the exciting thing is, that if you complete the Career Ready Orientation before the end of March, you will be in the draw to win one of these exciting prizes:

First prize: $1,000 STA Travel voucher

Second prize: Apple Watch

Third prize: $200 Visa card

Fourth prize: $100 La Trobe Co-Op voucher.

You can access Career Ready Advantage through your MyLaTrobe app by clicking the Career Ready icon.

Through Career Ready Advantage, you can use a compilation of the experiential learning activities that you’ve undertaken and the skills and attributes you have developed to support your CV when you are applying for jobs.  This is not only a way to build your skills, but it is a tool that will help you communicate your value and unique offering to potential employers.

Get started today!

For more information or support in getting started, drop in to talk to a Career Ready advisor or send us an email at

Join the Career Ready Mentoring Program for a career head start

A photo by Alejandro Escamilla.

A photo by Alejandro Escamilla.

The Career Ready Mentoring program will help undergraduate students prepare for careers in a broad range of professional/study areas. You will be matched with a La Trobe University alumni who has achieved success in their career. Through a series of structured tasks, you will collaborate with them on setting and achieving learning goals.

Learn from your mentor’s experience and knowledge about:

  • career options and pathways
  • industry knowledge and skills
  • resumes, interviews, and job applications
  • employers and labour markets

We have more than 30 mentors from fields such as:

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

The program is 6 weeks long,  beginning in November. You need to be available for regular meetings with your mentor, either in person or online.

To express your interest in joining the program, please fill out this Expression of Interest Form by 28 October.

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Healy, Careers and Employability Advisor.

Bring your potential career pathways into focus with the Tracks Exercise

photo by Ashley Batz, Creative commons zero license.

photo by Ashley Batz,

One of the most common questions we get at our career advice drop-in sessions is “I don’t know what I want to do”. This is especially true for students in degrees that are less clearly linked to specific jobs, such as Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Health Sciences, or Bachelor of Sciences.

One of the best ways to bring your potential career pathways into more focus is the Tracks Exercise, from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. The exercise is extremely simple: collect real-world job descriptions that appeal to you, analyse them to look for the common themes, and then use them to map out potential career tracks.

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Looking for part-time work? Head to the Northland Jobs Fair.


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This Thursday, Septemeber 1st, from 5pm until 6.30pm, Northland Shopping Centre will host a job fair where you can apply for work at some of their businesses.

Meet with potential employers, ask questions about your interests and apply for available jobs on the spot.

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Introducing student employability ambassadors


L-R: Hayden, Harjot, Elesha, Jo, Steve, Paul. Kylie escaped the workshop to go to her placement.

La Trobe Careers and Employability is excited to introduce our team of student employability ambassadors. This team includes a great mix of skills and experience and they’ll have a lot to offer their fellow students.

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Three great new career guides from



It’s no secret that we in La Trobe Careers and Employability are big fans of as a career development tool. So we were excited to see that Linkedin has released three fantastic ebooks  specifically for students. These guides are not just instruction manuals for Linkedin itself; they include a lot of fantastic advice on how to discover and create 21st-century career paths. Continue reading

Pursue graduate study in China with this great new scholarship opportunity


Night crowds, Xi’an, by Dimitry B.

The Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC) has just announced the pleased to announce the establishment the BHP Billiton Australia China Scholarships.

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

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5 early-career milestones worth celebrating


The first few years of your career can be super tough. From long, demotivating job searches to enduring the entry-level grindstone, it can take a long time and a lot of hard work to fully realise your career goals. In order to stay motivated and keep your eyes on the prize, here are some simple milestones that you can celebrate along the way.

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MasterClass: Applying for Graduate Jobs and Internships


Are you applying for graduate jobs or internships? If so, the Masterclass workshop is for you.

This 3-hour workshop will provide all the information you need to put together your resume, get started networking, apply for jobs online and succeed at interviews. Hear directly from Graduate Employers about their recruitment processes and what they look for in candidates.

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