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Our industry connections make you career ready

What you do at university is important to us.

However, it’s what you do after university that interests us the most. We know that studying is a significant investment, so we’re committed to making sure you graduate ready for work.

With the employment landscape evolving constantly, the best way to make sure we’re teaching the right skills is to go straight to the source. That’s why we work closely with industry to find out what they want in graduates – both right now and in the future.

Developing the degrees industry needs

We’re constantly reinvigorating our courses to prepare you for roles in emerging fields of employment. We work directly with industry to identify skill gaps and develop degrees to address them.

For example, our industry partner Cisco has identified that there are currently a million cybersecurity jobs opening globally, with demand projected to rise in the coming years.

In response to this demand, we’ve developed our new suite of cybersecurity degrees with input from Cisco, Optus, Australia Post, Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), Cisco, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Symantec, Atlassian and Cloudera.

Simone Bachmann, Head of Information, Security, Innovation and Culture and Australia Post, says, ‘we need people with problem solving skills, we need innovators, we need people with legal and regulatory skills, we need communicators and educators to help people understand the problem.’ These degrees address the growing need for cybersecurity professionals with interdisciplinary skills.

Our Master of Sport Analytics (developed with leading sports clubs and technology companies), Master of Business Analytics (with 20 per cent of the curriculum taught by industry experts) and Master of Data Science (addressing a data analytics skills shortage) are other examples of our industry relationships preparing students for the future of work.

Future-facing industry partnerships

We’ve established relationships with major organisations to make sure we stay at the forefront of industry developments.

Our partnership with Optus, which focuses on cybersecurity, will result in scholarships and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities for our students, as well as employment pathways for graduates.

We work closely with a number of sporting clubs, including Melbourne City Football Club, Carlton Football Club, AFL Player’s Association, Bendigo Spirit and IPL Kings XI Punjab to give our students access to work placements as well as research and internship opportunities.

We’re also the only university to offer an accredited art subject at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). As learning partner for the NGV’s summer exhibition, we’ve offered the subject Summer at the NGV for the past four years – in 2017, students were able to study the work of British icon David Hockney.

Preparing you for success with industry insights

Technology is advancing at an incredible rate, which means that many of today’s roles won’t even exist in the future.

It’s our job to prepare you for the roles of the future. We do this by helping you develop the flexibility and transferable skills you need to adapt to the changing market.

We’ve spoken to a number of employers, including PwC, Commonwealth Bank, Alfred Health, Thoughtworks, Pfizer, CSIRO, Melbourne Football Club, Telstra, Bureau of Meteorology, Deloitte, Certified Practicing Accountants and more to identify the core skills and attributes that employers value most highly.

We’ve used these insights to develop Career Ready, a program that supports you to build the attributes employers want. The program includes an app, a dedicated support team, an on-campus recruitment agency, and a range of activities you can participate in to build your skills.

First-hand industry experience

We’re also making sure our students come into contact with industry while they’re still studying.

With our Professors of Practice program, we’re championing a shift in how industry can contribute to education. Our Professors of Practice are industry professionals employed by the university to advise on curriculum, and, in some cases, teach.

Mark Morris, a Professor of Practice in the Department of Accounting, says, ‘I try to provide insights as to what they will find in the workplace wherever I can, because this is exactly the kind of knowledge that can give them an edge to stand out from the crowd.’

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities place students in organisations, giving them the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge in a real industry environment. After graduation, many of our students are employed by their WIL employer.

This post was originally published on the NEST blog.

Student blogger for ASSC

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By Sam Murphy

Hello all,

My name is Sam Murphy and I’m the student blogger for the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce. You can check out the site here. The blog, called ‘Wise ASSC’, is a new outlet that is aimed at engaging with students on an informal level.

We’ll be giving you some great study and exam tips, introducing you to outstanding ASSC students and academics, as well as looking at upcoming ASSC and La Trobe events.

We’ve got some great content over on the blog already that relates to La Trobe Business School.

Just recently we had a chat to Daniel Nguyen, a lecturer and tutor at La Trobe in finance and economics who is also a PhD candidate. He spoke to us about his professional experience before La Trobe, winning a teaching award from the La Trobe Student Union, as well as giving students some tips for the exam period.

We’ve also recently just featured some great internship and work experience opportunities over the summer. Some of these opportunities include a Marketing internship, an HR internship and a Finance internship. Check them out here.

Finally, while it has finished, we looked over some great study and preparation tips for students undergoing exams. We also looked at some ways to stay productive over the SWOTVAC, as well as finishing end of semester assessments.  These tips will still be useful for summer semester and for next year.

We’ve got some great stuff planned for the rest of this month which all ASSC students should definitely look out for. We’ll also be back bigger and better than ever in 2017 so stay tuned for that.

Until then, happy end of semester!

ASSC Professional Staff Awards-LBS success

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On 12 December 2016, ASSC presented its professional staff awards in a ceremony held at La Trobe University’s Melbourne Campus.

These awards recognise the contributions of individual university professional staff members or teams of co-workers in the College, who have excelled in the performance of their duties, made outstanding contributions and inspired other members of the College community.

Across all categories, the university looks for nominations that demonstrate La Trobe’s cultural qualities of connected, innovative, accountable and care.

This year, several LBS staff members were nominated or awarded:

  • Winner of Collaboration award: Dr Kylie White: Dr Kylie White is part of the Curriculum projects team.
  • Winner of the ‘Innovation’ award: Donna Burnett: Donna Burnett is School Manager for La Trobe Business School. She won the innovation award, awarded to the staff member who develops new ideas or processes, or improves existing processes.
  • Winner of the ‘Unsung Hero’ award: Adam Heron: Adam Heron is a Senior Administration Officer (Accreditation) at La Trobe Business School. This award is presented to the staff member who provides exemplary service from behind the scenes.
  • Winner of the ‘Workplace Culture’ award: Donna Burnett. This award is presented to a staff member who contributes to a positive and healthy work environment.
  • Special Commendation for the ‘Extra Mile’ award: Dr Kylie White. This award is given to the staff member who goes above and beyond to deliver exceptional service.
  • Nominated for Collaboration award: MBA Team: The MBA team, consisting of LBS’s Belinda Westerlo, along with Hayley May and Kristy Lillyst, were nominated in the Collaboration category. This award goes to the staff member(s) who work collegially with and advocates for colleagues in or outside of the College.

2016 ASSC College and School research excellence awards

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The Research Excellence Awards are awarded on a yearly basis, and designed to recognise and celebrate research performance across the College of ASSC and its schools, including LBS.

Each School award is valued at an amount of $5,000 to be spent on individual research activity in 2017.

Each College award is valued at an amount of $10,000 to be spent on School research initiatives, to be negotiated between the recipient and the Head of School.

This year, three La Trobe Business School researchers were presented with awards at a ceremony held in November 2016.

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  • LBS Early Career Researcher Award: Dr Sajad Fayezi

Dr Sajad Fayezi is a Senior Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management at La Trobe Business School.

For more information on Dr Sajad Fajezi’s research, see his staff profile.

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  • LBS Mid-Career Researcher Award: Dr Jing Zhao

Dr Jing Zhao joined La Trobe University in July 2010. She completed her PhD degree at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2010.

For more information on Dr Jing Zhao’s research, see her staff profile.

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  • LBS Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision award: Dr Clare D’Souza

Dr Clare D’Souza is an Associate Professor at La Trobe Business School. She works in the Department of Management and Marketing.

For more information on Dr Clare D’Souza’s research, see her staff profile.

The La Trobe Commerce Students Association: An organisation for all LBS students

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By Evelyn Palmese

Hi fellow La Trobe Business School Students,

My name is Evelyn Palmese and I am the President of the La Trobe Commerce Students’ Association (CSA) for 2016. This year I will be entering my fourth and final year of a Bachelor of Accounting/ Bachelor of Finance double degree. As a student of La Trobe I understand that students are constantly striving and struggling to maintain a well-balanced university life. I am also highly aware of the stresses and difficulties that students often face when searching for employment for after they have completed their University degree.

Since our inception the CSA has strived to help students have a balanced university experience, by exposing them to professional industry and by providing them with the opportunities and tools that will place them in good stead when seeking employment. We also seek to organize networking opportunities with potential employers and fellow students through various enjoyable and informative events.

The CSA is the official student association on campus, which aims to further the interests of all students who are part of the La Trobe Business School. We are here to help students from all disciplines that fall within the School, including Accounting, Finance, Economics, Marketing, and Management, just to name a few.

Over the course of the year we will be running a multitude of different events starting with our Career Development Month which will be happening over March and April. During this time students will be able to attend workshops run by leading industries such as EY, CPA, CA and FPA, as well as a large careers expo that will bring together the entire month. There will also be the CSA Ball, and a Q&A panel and networking event, which will give students the opportunity to meet more of their peers and chat with individuals from across the industry. Also, don’t forget to look out for the two careers guides that we will be releasing and our stalls that will be popping up across the Uni during the year.

Being a part of a student society, especially a School based one, is a great way to meet people. It is also a great way to show potential employers that you have a real interest and passion for what you are studying, giving you that extra competitive advantage when applying for jobs.

Therefore I encourage all students from the La Trobe Business School to keep a look out for the CSA around campus, like us on Facebook and really get involved in the events that we have going through the year.

Wishing you all a fun and successful 2016!

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