Be recognised as one of Australia’s top future graduate talents and you might see your face in the Australian Financial Review. You’ll get a taste of a full graduate recruitment process – even putting you in front of some of Australia’s top employers for interviews! The Top100 Awards is a truly unique experience to develop your application skills, communication skills, and personal branding to give your career a head start before you even graduate.
There are 5 stages in the application process, which is very similar to what you will find when applying to graduate programs.
- Application Form
- Psychometric Testing
- Video Interview
- Assessment Centre – this is run in Sydney in February 2020. If you make it to this stage, Grad Connection will fly you to Sydney for the event.
- Awards Night – this is where you find out if you have won!
La Trobe will recognise your involvement in the Top 100 Leader competition. The application form, psychometric testing, video interview, and assessment centre all count as Career Portfolio items for your Career Ready Advantage Award. So make sure you record completion of each stage of the process via our workflow in CareerHub.
How to prepare
Here are some resources to help you prepare for the Top 100 competition and for any internship or graduate program you might apply for.
Watch a video about completing online application forms.
Read our Career Ready blog post – 8 tips for online applications
Read up on some tips from the Career Ready blog.
Visit a practice test site to view example questions or take a full practice test.
Access La Trobe’s Big Interview to learn how to perform in an interview, and practice your video interviewing skills
Find out what an assessment centre is and how to prepare.
Top 100 Application
Applications open on Monday 4 August 2019 and run for approximately 4 weeks.
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.
If you haven’t heard about Unitemps at La Trobe, you’re missing out on valuable career help.
If you are a student considering registering with Unitemps, or if you’ve already signed up and are applying for job opportunities, here’s a good refresher on the preparation students need to take when jump-starting their career.
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:
Unitemps is La Trobe University’s first official on-campus recruitment agency. We have been busy helping students and graduates acquire casual, part-time work since April of 2017.
Our services provide opportunities for members to achieve professional experience. We can help you develop career ready skills while you earn money through a wide range of job options.
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.
“Young people need the skills and experience for jobs of the future, not the past”
The world of work is changing, influenced by technology and changes in global economies. A recent report from The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), “The New Work Order: Ensuring young Australians have skills and experience for jobs of the future, not the past”, has warned that young people will be most strongly affected by these changes.
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.