Student applauds new 'work ready' course

La Trobe University’s decision to introduce the new Work Ready Bachelor of Arts course beginning in first semester this year has been applauded by a current student.

BaumstdBachelor of Arts Honours student and editor of the Bendigo Student Association’s Un!news supplement in the Bendigo Advertiser, Roxanne Baum is encouraging people thinking of further study to enrol in the new course.

‘What I like about the Work Ready Bachelor of Arts course is that it will give you the hands on stuff that you don’t necessarily get in a normal Bachelor of Arts course unless you volunteer or find work,’ says Ms Baum, who has volunteered extensively during her course.

‘I like the idea of inbuilt volunteering, especially in arts where you learn a lot of skills but where their practical application can slip under the radar sometimes.

‘I started volunteering at the University when I was in first year. I volunteered as a DJ for Spin Radio – which is a social club for students who are interested in radio broadcasting,’ Ms Baum says.

‘I also volunteered to take part in a symposium for undergraduates to speak on the theme of monstrosity.’

Since then, Ms Baum has organised and been the MC at other symposiums and attended careers forums. She is regularly asked to help promote the course at schools and on open days.

‘When I first came to university I had a vague idea that I would like to be a journalist. Since then that has solidified into a goal. But I had no idea that I would like events management until I started volunteering,’ says Ms Baum.

‘I would like to end up in journalism or events management. I like writing about comics, novels and movies.’

Dr Charles Fahey, Senior Lecturer in Historical and European Studies at La Trobe University says the Work Ready Bachelor of Arts encourages students to identify and strengthen their generic employability skills through volunteer work-placements and careers workshops.

‘The Bachelor of Arts has always provided students with a wide range of employability skills such as those in communications and problem solving,’ says Dr Fahey.

‘However, helping students to identify these skills while they study will better prepare them for their careers because they will have more opportunities to participate in the workforce as volunteers while they are studying.’

Direct entry applications are now open. Members of the community who are interested in the Bachelor of Arts or Work Ready Bachelor of Arts can contact Debra Amarant, the course administrator for Arts and Planning at La Trobe University Bendigo by email at or calling 5444 7225.


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