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Join the Career Ready Mentoring Program for a career head start

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A photo by Alejandro Escamilla. unsplash.com/photos/BbQLHCpVUqA

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.

Three great new career guides from Linkedin.com

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It’s no secret that we in La Trobe Careers and Employability are big fans of Linkedin.com 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

What can Tinder teach us about resumes?

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First impressions count, a lot. It may be superficial, but we humans form opinions of people and things almost instantly. The impression we form in those first few seconds can influence our opinion long after we have learned more information.

The dating app Tinder is based entirely on this aspect of human psychology. A quick glance at a profile picture and then swipe right on someone’s profile to indicate that you’d like to get to know more about them, or swipe left to pass and move onto the next person.

Reading resumes is similar. Studies have shown that recruiters spend just 6 seconds making a decision about a resume. That’s not enough time to read everything you’ve so carefully written, so a lot of it comes down to visual appeal.

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I heard it on the grapevine: how to tap into the hidden job market

It’s common knowledge that the majority of jobs are never advertised online. The exact percentage of hidden jobs is hard to pin down, but most agree that well over half of the jobs out there are filled through word-of-mouth. Even if the proportion of hidden jobs is exaggerated, being on the grapevine will give you a head start when opportunities come up.

So, what exactly is the grapevine and how do you get on it?

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What can I do with a degree in Planning?

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Qualifications for Urban and Regional Planners are in increasing demand as a range of related professions in real estate, local government and business seek to develop an understanding of planning issues. A shortage of trained planners has been felt at all levels of government, and notably in regional Australia.

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Skills and experience for jobs of the future, not the past

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“Young people need the skills and experience for jobs of the future, not the past”

The world of work is changing, influenced by technology and changes in global economies. A recent report from The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), “The New Work Order: Ensuring young Australians have skills and experience for jobs of the future, not the past”, has warned that young people will be most strongly affected by these changes.

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Do you want fries with that? What is an arts degree good for?

10400394_119932257540_222819_nThe humble old Bachelor of Arts, among the oldest of all degrees, doesn’t get much love. It’s the butt of science and business students’  jokes, often with reference to a certain well known fast food company. It’s been called the Bugger All and Bumming Around degree.

Yet, people who did a BA are typically grateful that they did. They defend the quality of the education they received and point to numerous skills learned in their BA that they use in their professional lives.

This is in large part due to the nature of the skills that employers are screaming out for. Communication and interpersonal skills. Creativity and critical thinking. Cultural and values fit, and emotional intelligence. Mainstays of an education in the Arts and Humanities.

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How to use Linkedin to explore potential career paths, in 5 easy GIFs

One of the most common questions that uni students ask career counsellors is “what can I do with my degree?”

An easy way to answer this question is to use Linkedin.com. Linkedin is the world’s biggest career-oriented social media network. It’s a lot more than just an online resume or a virtual contacts list. It’s also useful for exploring potential career pathways. Here’s the best way to get started.

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Networking: a fundamental part of the job search

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A recent survey of over 1,800 respondents has revealed exactly how important networking is to finding job opportunities. The survey asked “how did you get your last job?” and the results are clear: networking is at the heart of any successful job search. As you can see in the chart above, more than half of the respondents cited networking as the most effective job search tactic.

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Ace your interview with a free Big Interview account

Practice makes perfect. It’s a cliché, but it’s true. To make sure you put your best forward in a job interview, you must practice. To help you do this, La Trobe University is pleased to offer students a free account with Big Interview, an online job interview e-learning and interview practice website.

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