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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

Volunteering: What Does It Mean?

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Volunteering. Everyone’s heard of it. Most of us have even volunteered at some point in our lives. But what does it mean to be a volunteer?

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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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Looking for Part-Time Work? 5 Ways to Get Started

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Following successful workshops on finding part-time work, Kirra, one of the Career Ready Ambassadors, has put together her top 5 ways to get started with looking for part time work.

It can be tough to know where to start, and what employers want. Whether you’re looking to earn some money while you study, or looking to develop new skills, we have a number of handy resources at Career Ready to help you set yourself apart and get the part-time job you are looking for.  Here are 5 tips on getting started!

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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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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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DIY Resume Workshop for final year students and graduates

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Applying for a graduate program or role? Your resume needs to be as excellent as you can make it.

Applying for graduate positions can be highly competitive but it’s not a lottery. You can take action to fine-tune your resume and optimise your chances of getting through to an interview (and beyond).

Our DIY Resume Workshop uses:

• skills that you’ve developed through your time at uni (and other experiences) such as research, writing, responding to requirements for assignments, and working with others

• La Trobe University’s online and on-campus career development resources.

Don’t leave your resume to  the last minute. Give yourself a head-start by setting aside some time to fine-tune it using the following tasks and resources.

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