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Careers Fair Success in Bendigo

La Trobe Business School and La Trobe Law School jointly ran a very successful Careers Fair in Bendigo for local students to showcase the employment opportunities available within Bendigo.

The power of alumni

Firms in attendance actively looking for accounting students were MGR Accountants, Lead Advisory, AFS & Associates and Strategem Accountants. These four firms regularly provide internship and graduate employment opportunities to our local students and have done so for many years. The majority of staff representing the firms are alumni of LBS who completed an Accounting Work Placement with the firm, supervised by Dr Kate Ashman. As such, they are very keen to give back to the University whenever possible due to the opportunities they were offered.

Industry Partners attending Careers Fair

It has also become evident that local accounting firms have grown to the point where they are looking for a wider range of potential graduates including marketing and management students. This creates excellent opportunities for all LBS students and their employability. Additionally, Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm Bendigo attended as they were looking for both accounting and marketing students and are a large employer in the region.

Law representatives

Representatives from law firms, the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre and the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria also attended the Fair. They provided information to Law and Criminology students about internship as well as employment opportunities.

Careers Fair Success

“It was a great opportunity for us, to be able to walk straight out of class, and have all these potential employers here for us to talk to.”

LBS student attending the event

The employers were equally pleased with the student attendance and reported to the organisers that it was incredibly valuable for them to attend. La Trobe University´s Careers & Employability Adviser Cris Stanway was available on-site to assist students with their resumes, which proved popular. The Fair was deemed an overwhelming success.

In 2020, the university will look to expand the range of businesses in attendance as there are many more keen to participate.

Students attending Careers Fair

Many thanks to Francine Rochford, Rob Stephenson, Andrew Quek, Myl Duffy and Mel Birch-Inward who provided invaluable assistance in organising and ensuring the smooth running of the day.

La Trobe is getting employability right

LBS researcher Dr Jasvir Kaur Nachatar Singh examined the experience of graduates from China who returned to China to seek employment after completing tertiary education at La Trobe University. Her research found that students from China felt that having studied at La Trobe University made them more employable in China.

The first study

Jasvir conducted in-depth interviews with 19 Chinese alumni from La Trobe University who had returned to China to work. About 70 to 80% of Chinese international students studying in Australia return to their home country to seek employment opportunities (ICEF Monitor, 2016) and previous research has suggested that Chinese employers prefer local graduates. However, Jasvir’s study found that when it comes to having necessary work-ready skills such as leadership, communications and influencing skills, those who have spent some time studying in Australia have the upper hand.

Jasvir mentioned that the Chinese graduates she interviewed were “impressed with the level of investment Australian universities like La Trobe are making into developing international students’ employability skills through part-time work experiences at La Trobe or outside the campus, volunteering opportunities and internships.”

“Programs such as La Trobe’s Career Ready Advantage, designed with Australia’s leading employers to help develop more employable graduates, are clearly working”

Dr Jasvir Kaur Nachatar Singh

The interviewed graduates also said that having an overseas Masters’ degree was particularly beneficial when it came to getting jobs in China, and some had studied further to obtain chartered certification such as Chartered Professional Accounting.

The second study

Jasvir conducted a second study looking at the experience of international students studying in China, with a special focus on development of employability skills. Jasvir interviewed 30 international students, largely from Africa and Malaysia, who had studied at the highly-ranked Wuhan and Tsinghua universities in China. “While these two prestigious Chinese universities score high in terms of academic results, the students I interviewed recognised that content knowledge is not enough”, said Jasvir. Students were expected to find their own work placements and were given little support by the university support services. Thus, in contrast to Australian universities, the second study found that Chinese universities do not place much emphasis on developing employability skills of international students.

Producing employable graduates

Both of Jasvir’s studies have shown that Chinese universities need to increase their focus on helping domestic and international students develop the necessary skills required for entering the competitive and rapidly changing world of work. The good news is that La Trobe University is getting it right when it comes to producing employable graduates!

Dr Jasvir Kaur Nachatar Singh is an award-winning lecturer at the LBS’ Department of Management, Sport and Tourism. Jasvir has been researching on academic success, teaching and learning as well as employability issues relating to international students from Malaysia, Australia and China. Jasvir has received several top La Trobe University grants and has published in quality higher education journals as well as presented her work worldwide.

This blog was originally published by LTU News.

Another world ranking rise for La Trobe

La Trobe University has continued to improve its world ranking, today recording its best ever result in the respected Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

La Trobe University is now rated at 301 in the world, a leap of more than 200 places in just two years – to be Australia’s most improved university.

The record ARWU result in its 50th year places La Trobe in the top 1.4 per cent of universities globally.

The University has now cemented its position in the top 400 of all three major world university rankings. The latest QS ranking has the University at 360 in the world. The Times currently ranks La Trobe at 377.

Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said the string of pleasing results was testament to La Trobe University’s incredible research capabilities and staff expertise, combined with close connections to industry and employers.

“The numbers speak for themselves – La Trobe is well regarded as a quality institution with a focus on excellence, industry engagement, student employability and research on issues that matter,” he said.

“We have a great team spread throughout all of our campuses. We continue to attract strong interest from around the world and across the country from high-profile academics wanting to join the team and students coming here in search of the best possible preparation for a successful career.”

La Trobe has risen from 21 in Australia to 15 over the past two years.

The ARWU ranks universities with several indicators of academic or research performance, including alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, highly cited researchers, papers published in Nature and Science, papers indexed in major citation indices, and the per capita academic performance of an institution.

This post was originally posted on the La Trobe University web pages.

Women’s Leadership in Business Schools Event: Opportunities and Challenges

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Ever wondered why there are so few women as Head of Business Schools or Vice Chancellors?

Ever asked yourself if women face extra challenges on their way to leadership roles?

Join our workshop and have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues with our successful academics and highly regarded panel members including Head of La Trobe Business School Paul Mather, Professor of Accounting and Associate Head of La Trobe Business School Jane HamiltonLBS’s Professor of Practice Susan Inglis, LBS’s Associate Professor Suzanne O’Keefe, Dr Jeanette Fyffe, and Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Amalia Di Iorio (panel chair). This workshop focuses on PhD students, early career researchers and staff of the La Trobe Business School, but we welcome anyone who is interested.

Afternoon Tea is included.

Preliminary Programme

Time Sessions
2:30 pm – 2:40 pm Welcome note: Introduction of panel members
2:40 pm – 3:30 pm  A short speech by panel members (10 minutes each)
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Question and Answer Session
4:00 pm – 4:05 pm Concluding Speech by the project members
4:05 pm – 4:30 pm Networking with afternoon tea

Time and Date

Date: 20 October 2016

Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Venue: John Scott Meeting House Chamber, La Trobe University, Plenty Road & Kingsbury Drive, Melbourne, Victoria 3086

Cost: Free

Register: Please register via Eventbrite.

La Trobe Business School dares to Dream Big

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Ordinary Australians who dare to dream big are seeing their hopes become real, thanks to a bold project shaping a better nation for all. The winners of My Big Idea have been revealed– ten plans to address specific challenges facing Australia, submitted by regular people and adopted by leading universities and corporate partners.

One such plan is to deliver dreams specifically focussed on building skills for older Australians wanting to start a small business and to establish a free community group to bring together over 55’s. La Trobe Business School will be incubating the ideas proposed by Doug Jacquier (South Australia) and Steve Oesterreich (NSW), developing concepts of a Seniors Enterprise Centre and Over-55 Start-Up Group.

The concept is to “create employment for over 55’s, rather than seek employment”, said La Trobe Business School’s Professor of Entrepreneurship, Dr Alex Maritz. Federal Minister for Industry, and Science Greg Hunt said My Big Idea was about shaping the future through a nationwide competition. “Innovation and science in particular are fundamental to Australia’s future prosperity and quality of life. It touches all our lives”, he writes. Since start-up activity for over-55’s is the highest growing sector of entrepreneurship in Australia, La Trobe Business School (LBS) is well equipped to meet this challenge, enhancing “active ageing” for this age group, said Professor Maritz. The LBS incubation team add significant value to the project, consisting of Professors, Academics, PhD Candidates, Students and LBS networks. “We have the unique ability to integrate this project into the entrepreneurship courses we offer, as well as the communities in which we engage, notwithstanding our expertise in the development of entrepreneurship and innovation in the greater Melbourne and Victoria northern corridor”, Professor Maritz said.

As noted on the My Big Idea website, “My Big Idea is a non-politically aligned project driven by the Australian Futures Project – a registered charity focused on sourcing and bringing to life some of Australia’s most innovative and inspiring ideas for the country’s future.”

La Trobe Business School will also be hosting a Start-up Bootcamp on 8 October 2016, whereby the incubation team will deliver on the My Big Idea promise to train 500 Australians to be positive change makers!

For more information, contact LBS academic Dr Alex Maritz.

 

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