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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
Education and teaching
Science research, engineering, and bio-medicine
Social services, public health, and social work
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.
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
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.
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?
“Subway Lines” by Marc Anderson, courtesy of thepatternlibrary.com
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.