Week 5: Connect with your future
Having a sense of purpose for undertaking your studies is a great motivator.
If you want to start thinking about where your course may lead, including opportunities for pursuing a research career, chat to your teaching staff or our careers staff. Appointments with La Trobe's Career Adviser's are available in person at the Bendigo and Melbourne campuses or via phone or Skype for students from other campuses. You can book online.
Your career starts here
The key to landing a great job when you graduate is starting early. Here are a few things you can do:
- Get started with Career Ready Advantage, an integrated suite of personalised activities that'll help you build the skills and personal attributes valued by employers.
- Develop your skills through part-time work, volunteering, work experience or getting involved in clubs and societies on campus.
- Find out what career paths are available to you – research career options, network with and talk to employers or graduates, join LinkedIn.
- Widen your knowledge – look for opportunities to study elective subjects outside your degree or major; read the business section or employment articles in the paper regularly.
Things to do in your fifth week
- Complete the Career Ready Orientation available via the MyLaTrobe App.
- Find out more about the services available from the Career Ready Centre, including individual advice, online information, career planning subjects and more.
- Visit the Career Ready Blog.
- View the current schedule of workshops on interview skills, networking, writing job applications etc
- Monitor your university email account for official messages.
The A-Z of University terminology
Universities use lots of phrases not used in other settings. Here are some you may come across:
Alumni are the students who have graduated from a university (they're called 'alumnus' when referred to as a singular). La Trobe has an active Alumni network.
Honours is an optional extra year of study that can be completed as a part of your degree. Admission to an Honours program generally requires at least a credit average over your second and third years of study. Check with your college for more information.
Postgraduate is a University qualification undertaken after a Bachelor's degree (eg. Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters, Doctorate).