Frequently asked questions

Why should I do ASC3WPP?

This Work Integrated Learning subject gives you the opportunity to:

  • apply and develop knowledge and skills in the workplace
  • develop your professional networks
  • improve your workplace readiness
  • expand communication skills
  • open up possible future employment opportunities
  • obtain 15 points of academic credit.

How do I know if I am eligible?

You may be eligible for ASC3WPP if you:

  • have a spare 2nd or 3rd year elective available in your study plan
  • have completed 120 credit points.

If you are an international student looking to undertake a work placement elective subject, you need to be aware that the subject has work requirement hours and these hours may count towards the 40-hour work limitation visa conditions. For further details of work limitation requirements and your work rights as an international student, please refer to the Department of Home Affairs definition of work conditions for student visa holders outlined on their website and the La Trobe University International site.

Please be aware that you are required by the University to complete the Work Integrated Learning Placement Agreement and return it to us via email, prior to your placement commencing.

See the guidelines for international students [PDF 2.2MB] wanting to undertake employment in Australia.

Do I need permission to enrol in ASC3WPP?

You must have permission from the Subject Coordinator to enrol in ASC3WPP. The Subject Coordinator will only grant permission to enrol once your placement has been organised.

I already work part-time at my organisation. Can I do a placement there?

It is acceptable for you to undertake a placement at your place of employment as long as the work you are undertaking is relevant to your course of study, and appropriate for an undergraduate student. Your program must be one not associated with your existing position, and your duties and tasks must not be the same as those you are currently undertaking in the organisation.

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 circumstances can be a little different, please feel free to contact the Subject Coordinator to discuss your particular situation.

Is this a full-time placement or can I vary the number of days per week to make up the hours?

You will negotiate the days and hours of your placement with your organisation as part of the process of developing the position description. Note that the placement should be no more than 120 hours.

How do I get a placement?

ASC3WPP is a self-sourced subject.  This means that you will be expected to source your own placement in order to participate. If you have difficulty finding a placement, email us.

We provide some starting points, and occasionally we are able to offer placement opportunities which have been offered to the University by external partners.

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 prepare your CV, write a great cover letter and give you support in finding companies or organisations that work across your discipline area.

Am I paid for the placement?

Though some organisations offer a small payment, many work placements are unpaid unless otherwise advertised, as students are considered to benefit by gaining knowledge and experience, and by earning credit towards their 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 within very defined parameters.

If you do enter into a work relationships with an organisation, such as being 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 site also has helpful information.

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 and organisations 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. They will also 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.

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 us for help.

What if I have a Learning Access Plan?

The University strongly encourages you to disclose any disability, mental health issue or ongoing medical condition that might make an impact on 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) and you can feel confident in our assistance. You can seek advice through the University's Disability Support Services. This site allows you to register online, make a face-to-face or phone appointment and find contacts.