Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why should I do SHE3FRW?
This Work Integrated Learning subject gives you an opportunity to
- develop your professional networks
- enhance your job opportunity seeking skills,
- improve your workplace readiness,
- and reflect on what it means for you to be a great professional in your chosen field.
Most students comment that after completing this subject their studies make much more sense to them and they feel their understanding of the subject matter increases and they are more motivated to study.
How do I know if I am eligible?
In order to be eligible to take part in this subject you will need to:
- Be enrolled in a course offered by the College of Science, Health and Engineering
- Have a third year elective available in your Study Plan
- Have completed a minimum of 30 credit points at second year level
Do I need permission to enrol in SHE3FRW?
Yes, you must have permission from the Subject Coordinator to enrol in SHE3FRW. The Subject Coordinator will only grant permission to enrol once your placement has been organised (see How to Apply).
I already work part time, can I do my placement there?
We would generally encourage you to seek out alternative options for your SHE3FRW placement as it is important that you have the chance to try out new things and broaden your work experience.
That said, it is fine to undertake a placement at your placement of employment as long as the work you are undertaking is relevant to your course of study, and appropriate for an undergraduate student. It will also be important that, you are allocated a designated supervisor for your placement. Your supervisor should be a senior colleague who is able to provide feedback, and who is willing to complete an evaluation form at the end of your placement.
As every student's circumstance can be a little different, please feel free to contact the Subject Coordinator to discuss your particular situation.
Am I supposed to get paid for the work that I do on placement?
Unfortunately, no. Though some organisations offer a small stipend, many work placements are unpaid unless otherwise advertised as students are considered to benefit by gaining knowledge and experience, and by earning credit towards your degree. Work undertaken on placement must not replace a paid staff member, instead it should be undertaken in addition to the daily operations of the business and undertaken within very defined parameters.
That being said, if you enter into a work relationship with an organisation (for example, if you are offered a job at the end of your placement) you should expect to be paid for your work unless you have explicitly agreed to act as a volunteer.
If you have any concerns about the nature of the work that you are undertaking as part of your placement, please speak with your Subject Coordinator as soon as possible so that we can provide you with support. The Fair Work Ombudsman website also contains some helpful information.
How do I get a placement?
SHE3FRW is a self-sourced subject. This means that you will be expected to source your own placement in order to participate.
We provide some starting points, and occasionally we are able to offer placement opportunities which have been offered to the University by external partners. The "Placements" page is a good place to start getting ideas about the type of organisation you would like to work with, and where to get started.
Before you start sourcing your placement, we strongly recommend that you make an appointment to see the Career Ready team. They will be able to help you to prepare your CV, write a great Cover Letter, and give you support in finding companies that work across your discipline area.
Regional Students: Students enrolled in La Trobe University's regional campuses are also able to get assistance to find a placement under the Regional Reward program. Available placement opportunities are posted under "Current Opportunities" on the "Placements" page. Find out more about the Regional Reward by clicking on this link.
I think I have found a good placement opportunity, but it is quite far from home. Will the University pay for travel or accommodation while I am at placement?
No, any travel or accommodation costs associated with the placement will not generally be covered by the University – they must be paid by you.
That being said, La Trobe University offers students a number of different grants and scholarship opportunities. Students experiencing financial hardship are invited to consider applying for an employability grant, which is designed to support students undertaking placements. You may also be eligible to apply for a student loan. To find out more about what financial assistance is available, click on this link to access the Financial Assistance pages.
To find out more about scholarships, and check if you are eligible, please click here to access the Scholarships section of the La Trobe University website.
Why do I have to do all this paperwork?
The placement approval form and WIL Agreement are there to clarify the basic interests and responsibilities of all parties involved in the placement. For example, without completing this paperwork you would not be covered by the University insurance and your workplace supervisor may be reluctant to take you on.
What kind of support will La Trobe give me while I am on placement?
You will be supported throughout your placement by your Subject Coordinator, and the Work Integrated Learning team.
Prior to applying to participate in this subject, you are encouraged to make an appointment with the Career Ready team. For students self-sourcing a placement, they will give you advice and support on how to go about sourcing a placement. This includes ideas on the types of companies you could contact, what to say when you call, and how best to follow up if you have not received a response to your email / phone call. For those applying for advertised placements, they will be able to help you to formulate your CV, and write a great Cover Letter!
Before you begin your placement, there will be an induction session. This session is designed to make sure that you are prepared, and set up for best success. This session covers both the practical aspects of being on placement, as well as providing you with a broader understanding of the academic requirements for this subject.
During your placement, the Subject Coordinator will make contact with your host organisation to check in, and make sure that everything is going as planned. If you have any concerns at any stage before, during, or after your placement, please make sure that you check in with your Subject Coordinator. They will be able to provide you with advice and support. You can also contact the Work Integrated Learning team (SHEWorkIntegratedLearning@latrobe.edu) for advice and support.
After your placement you will be invited to give feedback on your overall experience. This is very helpful for us as we strive for continuous improvement in our program.
What if I have a Learning Access Plan (LAP)?
The University strongly encourages you to disclose any disability, mental health issue or ongoing medical condition that might impact your ability to undertake your placement or Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience. Notifying us in a timely manner allows us to consider a reasonable adjustment to allow you to participate on an equitable basis on your placement. It is important to make sure that any considerations for placement or WIL are clearly included in your LAP. Once a LAP has been provided to us or your Subject/Year Coordinator, we will work to ensure any reasonable adjustments are made to support you through your placement and help to set you up for success.
It is important that you understand that any reasonable adjustments must still be in line with the inherent requirements of your course and/or assessment, and must meet the logistical and operational requirements of the facility that you are undertaking placement in – for this reason we are unable to guarantee that all requested consideration can be met by all placement providers.
The University respects your privacy (see our privacy statement) so you can feel confident in our assistance. You can seek advice on Disability Support Services, register online, make a face to face or phone appointment and find contacts on your campus by clicking on this link.