What will historians say happened today?

What will historians say happened today?

Unpredictability and uncertainty. Opportunity and adaptability. Evolution. And relentless change.

With the world in flux, these are words we’ve come to know well. But what do they mean for you? And as we peer forwards into a new and undefined future, will you lend your hand to shape our world’s new path? 

Your new skills, your new world

As our imagined future changes shape, we’re faced with a novel opportunity: Is it time to gain new skills? Is it time to realign your passions with a new reality?

At La Trobe, we understand that flexibility is a powerful attribute. It gives you the opportunity to craft a career that best suits your passions and strengths. And it’s central to navigating your future career, as work landscapes continually shift.

We don’t know what historians will say about us in years to come, but, at La Trobe, we’re dedicated plotting our best future using the past as a guide.

“Eighty years in the future, historians will be bickering over the now,” says Ross Dennis, a La Trobe alumni who completed a Bachelor of Arts (History). Ross is passionate about using his understanding of the past to influence the future.

“I find history interesting because it creates a backdrop to life events,” says Ross. 

“In one subject I’ll be learning about Australian Aboriginal history, and in another studying English, French and Russian comparative history. Studying history has allowed me to explore different ways of viewing the past and has given me an insight on the present and the future.”

Mix ‘n’ match your future career

And studying history isn’t the only way to build a new path forward.

Let’s say you love movies, and you’re also great with numbers. Why not become an accountant in the film industry? Studying a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts with a major in screen studies could give you the right mix of skills and experience for a career that suits both your passion and your strengths.

Likewise, if you’re interested in media and fashion, you could combine a Bachelor of Media and Communications with industry experiences in fashion.

If a career in politics appeals, you might want to build your expertise in sustainability, international relations or sociology. Electives in a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics give you the opportunity to do just that.

The one constant in life is change

The job market today is almost unrecognisable in comparison to even one generation ago.

The influence of technology, the rise of the gig economy and the proliferation of non-traditional business models has forever changed the way we work. The transferable skills you’ll gain in an arts, social sciences and communications degree set you up to thrive in this constantly evolving landscape.

By building your skills and experience through majors, minors and electives, you give yourself the freedom to move between industries and roles.

Are you ready to embrace uncertainty?

Uncertainty isn’t always a bad thing. It can be an opportunity to explore your current interests, discover new passions and make new connections. And, as history has taught us, it creates incredible opportunities for growth.

Study with an open mind and a sense of curiosity, and your future could unfold in ways you’d never even dreamed.


Ready to explore a new future? Browse the postgraduate degrees and majors available in arts, social sciences and communications at La Trobe. Midyear applications are now open.

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