As part of its aim to transform student lives through learning, La Trobe University offers a number of practical programs to ensure our graduates are career ready. Some of these programs include:
Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
La Trobe is acutely aware of the fact that employers want and need employees with workplace experience. Through its membership of Innovative Research Universities (IRU), the University offers various programs in each of its faculties to provide students with this experience.
Examples of Work Integrated Learning at La Trobe include industry-based learning, internships and industry-based projects in areas as diverse as psychology, pharmacy, law, hospitality, information technology and agriculture. In 2012, La Trobe also began offering a new qualification specifically designed to create career ready arts graduates: the Work Ready Bachelor of Arts.
In this video, one of our Bachelor of Education students discusses how the Work Integrated Learning program supports his studies:
Student Profile: Simon Kearney
La Trobe University TARDIS – A simulated archaeological excavation
Since 2009, La Trobe has offered third year archaeology students the chance to gain practical experience excavating an artificial site. The project – known as TARDIS (Teaching Archaeological Research Discipline In Simulation) – uses an artificial site with a series of scenarios from various times and places in the past which students excavate.
La Trobe staff and postgraduates have worked together to create these layers, which reflect their areas of expertise and fieldwork carried out in different parts of the world. The excavation introduces students to some of the skills and experience they need to work in the field. La Trobe’s archaeology Honours students will go on to another field school based at Ned’s Corner, 100km west of Mildura.
In this video, Professor David Frankel talks about the opportunities for hands-on experience that La Trobe’s archaeology program offers students:
David Frankel - Archaeology
La Trobe’s Student Career Mentoring Program links penultimate and final year students as well as recent graduates with qualified industry professionals, University staff and alumni.
Our mentors are from diverse backgrounds, and include professionals such as a senior fermentation technologist with the Fosters Group, a spinal research liaison officer with Austin Health, and a cost analyst working for BP Australia. Other mentors work in organisations including the AFL, Computershare, ACER, NEC Australia, Macquarie Bank and Darebin City Council.
La Trobe’s dedication to social justice and desire to engage with the community has prompted the creation of Lifeskills – a program for young people with an intellectual disability that enables participants to gain accreditation. In this video, Lifeskills coordinator Pauline Johnstone explains how the program benefits participants:
Pauline Johnstone: lifeskills
Graduate employabilityThe programs above are just some of the ways La Trobe University works to increase graduate employability. According to our 2011 Australian Graduate Survey, 76.3 per cent of Bachelor degree graduates available for full time employment found a full time job four months after graduating.
In this video, one of our alumni discusses his current work and his experience studying at La Trobe: