Category: Students with a disability

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.

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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8 career resources for students with disabilities

Depending on your situation, here are some resources you might find useful during your studies and in finding a graduate role when you finish your degree.

1. Disability Support Services at La Trobe University

Disability support staff can assist you in assessing your needs and provide support so you can participate at university fully and to the best of your ability.

2. Information for students who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Here’s some general information designed to assist you in your journey at university.

3. Choose Your Path – Disclosure: It’s a Personal Decision

Information about options and pathways to do with disclosing your disability in post-secondary education and the workplace. Continue reading

Top job search websites for students and graduates

Job search or employment websites can be very useful if you are planning your career or about to start looking for work. You can research occupations, organisations which are hiring, skills and requirements needed for different jobs, and a variety of other information useful in preparing you for your future career. Continue reading

Volunteering benefits you and the community

Volunteering is an excellent way to gain experience and practical skills in your field of study, or in a field in which you are interested. Through volunteering you can contribute greatly to an organisation and the community, and can network with a wide range of people who may be able to offer advice and assistance with your job search. All graduate employers view community involvement very positively. Continue reading

Benefits of work experience

Each year there is a large pool of students graduating with similar qualifications. Before you finish your degree ask yourself these things:

  • Does anything help you stand out from the crowd?
  • Would an employer notice you above anyone else?

If the answer to these questions is no then you should consider organising some work experience for yourself. Continue reading

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