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
- Media and communications
- Nursing and midwifery
- Psychology and public health
- Education and teaching
- Science research, engineering, and bio-medicine
- Social services, allied health, and social work
- 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.
Night crowds, Xi’an, by Dimitry B.
It could be worth pursuing a BHP Billiton Australia China Scholarship, through The Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC).
These scholarships have been established to encourage Australian students and young professionals to pursue specialised study, research and experience in priority areas of interest in the bilateral Australia-China relationship.
“La Trobe University, Bendigo Campus” front entrance sign
Are we really country hicks? How being regionally based can reward your career.
I’ve heard it time and time again. After I finish my degree I’m moving to the big smoke. Or I’ll find my first job here, get some experience then move. And sure, if you love the lure of city skylines, tailgating traffic and the countless events that a burgeoning social calendar beckons then that’s immensely attractive. I can, however also take a metro trip via rail or the freeway (yes we have evolved from dirt roads) to get a fix of my city trappings but still enjoy my country career. And I rarely pay for parking.
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.
If you’re in the final year of your degree…
now is the time to start thinking about employment for when you finish your course. Whether you finish mid-year or at the end of 2014, you need to begin considering where you would like to work and researching when the companies you are interested in recruit new graduates. Continue reading
Work experiences such as internships can:
- give you valuable insights into a workplace or sector you’d like a job in, in the future
- provide opportunities to identify and develop relevant skills, explore specialisations and establish networks
- help you to build a stand-out resume backed up by current, professional referees from your industry.
What are you waiting for?
There are a heap of work experience programs to tap into including:
- vacation programs
- work experience
- work placement
- scholarships. Continue reading