For most people, stepping on to a University campus for the first time happens on Open Day, but with La Trobe’s Virtual Open Day announced, students will need to connect a little differently this year. That’s why the Commerce Students Association (CSA) is continuing to engage with students, despite physical limitations.
The CSA is the official student-based faculty for all Commerce and Business students at La Trobe University. The club runs both social and career events for students, including numerous panel and networking events throughout the year.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the club to adapt and innovate new ways to stay engaged with students of La Trobe Business School (LBS). In this time, the CSA accomplished events with big industry representatives, such as PwC, Chartered Accountants ANZ, EY and Pitcher Partners. The events have discussed career prospects, program benefits and even mental health and wellbeing.
“It’s certainly been a very different time for all of us, and a lot of planned events were thrown on their head [but we] have managed to quickly adapt to online events. Zoom [has been a] fantastic platform to provide students with high-quality events with our sponsors, from the comfort of their living room” says Sean McDonald, LBS student and President of the CSA.
Actively engaging in clubs and societies while at university provides students not only with social interaction, but also opens opportunities to create a strong network of like-minded individuals and gain industry mentors.
“I recommend that students attend as many events as they can and don’t be afraid to go up to people and ask a question. Recruiters and employers are looking for people who are willing to put in the hard work to improve and to put themselves out there to learn and develop”.
“One thing I wish to stress is the importance of seeking industry placements, especially whilst still at University. The majority of summer interns at firms still have a year to go in their degree, so it is important to keep up with the crowd”.
The CSA has a Career Directory which can assist students to discover available internships and graduate positions.
Involvement in clubs and societies does not have to stop at attending events – these groups can provide opportunities with leadership, confidence building and networking which then transpose into the workplace.
“A student I had only met once or twice sent me a message after perusing my LinkedIn experience - she was interested in whether a firm I had worked at was hiring. Fortunately for her it was and within two weeks she had a graduate position”.
The CSA is active online with email newsletters and social media, keeping students up to date with opportunities for work and events.
The CSA is sponsored by Chartered Accountants ANZ, CPA Australia, PwC, Myob, Pitcher Partners and EY. It also endorsed and recognised by the La Trobe Business School.
Media contact: Tynique Dimcevska | T.Dimcevska@latrobe.edu.au