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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.

James Fazzino appointed as Adjunct Professor: “He will play an instrumental role in building critical industry and research links at the La Trobe Business School”


James Fazzino and Professor John Dewar

James Fazzino and Professor John Dewar

On the 29th of June, La Trobe University appointed James Fazzino as an Adjunct Professor to La Trobe Business School.

“We are very excited to appoint James as an Adjunct Professor,” Vice Chancellor Professor John Dewar commented. “Even though James is already a member of the La Trobe family, we believe that this will make his connection with us even stronger. He will be able to share his experience with the next generation of leaders, and play an instrumental role in building critical industry and research links at the La Trobe Business School.”

La Trobe University

Before embarking on a successful career in the international chemical industry, James graduated from LaTrobe University with a Bachelor of Economics (Hons). “Since I left La Trobe, the accelerating pace of change has staggered me.” Mr Fazzino said. “I must admit that thirty years ago when I first came to La Trobe from Reservoir High I had no idea of where my studies would take me. However, I gained two significant gifts from Latrobe: firstly, the gift of knowledge and critical thinking that has underpinned my career, and secondly and most importantly – meeting my wife and life partner Helen, at La Trobe.”

Productivity is key

James Fazzino has already been professionally involved with La Trobe Business School for a long time, chairing the LBS Advisory Board. Within industry, James has been the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Incitec Pivot Limited (IPL) since July 2009. Prior to this, he served as IPL’s Chief Financial Officer and Finance Director, following senior roles at Orica and ICI.

While James Fazzino has been at IPL, the company has undergone a significant transformation, growing from a fertiliser company operating in two Australian States to a global diversified industrial chemicals business. IPL is now the world’s second largest supplier of commercial explosives, and Australia’s largest manufacturer and supplier of fertilisers. James has overseen the company’s rise from being in the ASX Top 200 by Market Capitalisation to the Top 50. As a prominent Australian business leader, Mr Fazzino has been a strong advocate of the need for Australia to lift national productivity to respond to global challenges and to maintain living standards. Within IPL, he introduced a workplace productivity program that has delivered gross benefits of approximately $250 million in four years.

“It has become obvious to me that the same Productivity challenge is the crisis confronting our nation – it is Australia’s burning platform.” James Fazzino added, “Everyone at La Trobe is aware of the challenges posed by the digital revolution on all organisations and I think, in particular, on education. But I’m confident that the opportunities will be as great, if not greater, than the challenges. As with any challenge, we need to recognise the implications of change and make it work in our favour.”

 “James believes that the systems and processes successfully employed in business can equally be applied to other activities, including education.” VC Dewar said. “We’re excited that our students will have the chance to learn from his experience in developing innovative ways to increase productivity and efficiency, and at the same time deliver sustainable outcomes.”

On top of this, James Fazzino’s strategic expertise has secured IPL a prominent position in The United States’ market. Having the chance to learn from someone who has hands-on experience and knows both the domestic Australian market and significant international markets inside out, particularly makes a difference for students’ learning experience.

 “His involvement promises to greatly enrich the La Trobe Business School’s curriculum and teaching.” John Dewar commented. “We do not make Adjunct Professor appointments lightly. These positions are reserved for the most influential thought leaders in industry. They are for those with special expertise that can have a real impact on our teaching, engagement and research activities. And James Fazzino is definitely one such person.”

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