Category: Career planning (page 1 of 5)

Why it’s time to find a mentor

If you’re in in your penultimate or final year of study and thinking about life beyond university, having a mentor is one way to get a head start on your career.

Career Ready Mentoring  is part of Career Ready Advantage and can connect you with alumni and other professionals, and help you prepare for a career in your area of interest.

This program is for current students at La Trobe University.

We have more than 300 mentors from fields including:

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

What’s involved?

  • Through a structured one-to-one mentoring partnership, you’ll receive critical career planning support and guidance through a rewarding program of learning, networking and career development.
  • You’ll need to be available for regular meetings with your mentor, either in person or online.

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Help! I need career advice…

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Looking for a volunteer or part- time job and not sure where to start?

Need professional  feedback on your resume or job application before you press ‘SEND’?

Applying for an internship?

Or are you trying to figure out  your career direction?

If it’s career or job related, Careers & Employability staff can help you get on track.

We’re here to help you get  the Career Ready Advantage while you study,  by developing the skills and attributes employers are looking for in graduates.

Connect with us through our drop-in services, appointments, Career Hub questions, workshops and events and Unitemps.

Visit the website  or come to a drop-in session .

P.S. Any current La Trobe student can use our services.

Graduates can also access us  up to 12 months after course completion.

Careers in nursing

Considering nursing as a career?

Or maybe you’re about to graduate with a nursing degree and looking for work opportunities?

Here are some starting points.

Find out about careers in nursing

Research and narrow down your options

Study nursing

If you’re already studying nursing and looking ahead to graduate employment…

we recommend downloading the Nurse and Midwife Graduate Handbook 2018.

Graduate Nursing and Midwifery Programs

Graduate Nursing and Midwifery Programs give graduates an opportunity to further develop their skills and competence in a hospital setting through a formal, supervised twelve month program.

As not everyone will be eligible for graduate programs, it’s important to know that you don’t have to do a graduate program to start work as a nurse when you complete your studies. You are able to apply directly to hospitals, for entry level nursing roles.

If you do want to apply for graduate programs,  you’ll need to do this in the final year of your studies.

For more detailed info, take a look at Victorian State Government information on Graduate Nursing and Midwifery Programs

FAQs about graduate nursing and midwifery programs

How do I apply?

There are 2 ways to apply:

  1. Participate in the computer matching process (GNMP match), administered by the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV). Most public health services and some private facilities use this matching process to select candidates.
  2. Apply directly to the health services or private facilities who do not participate in the GNMP match and who have advertised their programs through their website or online job boards.

Which hospitals participate in the Computer Matching Process?

The GNMP matching site includes Hospital Directories that you can check online.

What happens if I am not matched to a health service or hospital?

Many graduates want to participate in a grad program so this makes the process of applying quite competitive and unfortunately not all candidates will be matched.

If this happens to you, there are a number of options to consider.

  1. After the matching process is complete (usually around October),  some health services will still have vacancies and will advertise on their websites and job boards such as Seek and you can apply that way.
  2. Consider relocation as a way to get started – look for rural or a regional entry level roles or graduate programs.
  3. As some graduates do drop out of graduate programs it’s worth checking with health services in December-February to see whether any positions have become available and need to be filled at short notice.

Creating competitive job applications 

Nursing is a career that depends on excellent communication skills, so you’ll need to make sure your resume and job applications demonstrate this, as well as your attention to detail and motivation.  Likewise, you need to be able to follow instructions and procedures on the job – this also applies to  hospital and other employers’ job application processes! Not doing so can count you out early on in the recruitment process. For advice on job applications, it’s worth getting feedback from a Careers and Employability Adviser.  We’re here to help!

Information developed by Anna Luciani, Careers & Employability Adviser

Event Recap: Don’t Be A Pack of Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Career Ready hosted on 7th September ‘Career Options in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG)’ and were joined by six industry professionals from Coles, Coca Cola Amatil and Six Degrees. Emma, a Career Ready Ambassador went along for the event and shares the insights employers gave on what it’s like to work in FMCG and how to succeed in your career.  Here’s what they had to say:

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7 Common Questions Asked By Students

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Job seeking can be tough.  Ajisha, a student Career Ready Ambassador (CRA) has answered some of your most common questions asked by students dropping into Career Ready.

 

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Join the Career Ready Mentoring Program for a career head start

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

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 I do with a degree in Planning?

“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.

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How mistakes and failure can add up to success

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Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zetson/3036254720

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

Thomas A. Edison, Inventor

Do you worry about making mistakes and failing at things?

There’s an art to taking risks and the truth is fear of failure can keep you in a rut and get in the way of career success (however you define it).

Fact 1: Human growth and development through life depends on learning.

Fact 2: Making and reflecting on mistakes is an excellent (okay, not always painless!) way to learn.

Looking for proof? Read on. 

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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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