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MBA student’s achievement recognised

La Trobe Business School MBA graduate/student Gopal Agarwal was named NISPP Student of the Year at the 2019 Northern Business Achievement Awards, held in December.

Gopal Agarwal was named NISPP Student of the Year

NISPP

The Northern Industry Student Placement Program (NISPP), managed by NORTH Link, sources placements and projects across the region for students from La Trobe University, RMIT University, Kangan Institute and Melbourne Polytechnic. In 2019, over 300 students from the four tertiary institutions participated.

The NISPP Placement Student of the Year and Placement Employer of the Year awards were sponsored by Unitemps.

Consultant for Floridia Cheese

Gopal worked as a consultant with Floridia Cheese for a semester as part of his
Experiential Learning Project (BUA5ELP) elective. His task involved investigating the viability of a new cheese variety for the Australian and export markets.

Viv Banner, Floridia’s ERP Project Manager, was enthusiastic about the results of his consultancy:

“Gopal was highly engaged and motivated from the start, taking the task well beyond the project brief. He grasped what we wanted straight away and worked hard to ensure he met all our requirements.

Personally, we found Gopal a delight to work with. He demonstrated professionalism and abilities beyond our expectations. We know he’ll have a great future in the corporate world and we’d strongly recommend him to any future employer.”

NBAA Finale 2019

Associate Professor Geraldine Kennett, Director of La Trobe’s MBA Program, highlighted the benefits to students of undertaking a consultancy project as part of their MBA studies.

“Our ELP students apply the skills they gained throughout their MBA in a real-life business setting, identifying, negotiating and delivering an enterprise project that provides them with significant learning opportunities.

NORTH Link has been instrumental in linking our MBA students to projects that are of real benefit to local industry. Gopal has an excellent academic record and we are very pleased that his professional competence has been acknowledged in this way.”

The Northern Business Achievement Awards

The Northern Business Achievement Awards (NBAAs) are a partnership of industry, education, local and state government and decision makers across Melbourne’s north. They recognise local business achievements and excellence, growth and competitiveness.


Read more about the Northern Business Achievement Awards and LBS’ involvement here

LBS students recognised at Bendigo Prize Ceremony

Earlier this month, the La Trobe Bendigo Campus celebrated the accomplishments and dedication of its students at the 2019 Bendigo Prize Ceremony at the Ulumbarra Theatre. The Prize Ceremony awarded undergraduate and postgraduate students for recognition of their service, 2018 Academic year results, as well as 2019 scholarships.

LBS Recipients

Various LBS students received awards during the 2019 Bendigo Prize Ceremony. Professor Simon Evans, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce presented the Prize recipients, and Professor Richard Speed, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Regional), congratulated the students on stage.

Georgia Mawson was awarded the CPA Australia Prize – First Year for achieving the highest overall mark in first year accounting subjects.

Georgia Mawson receiving her Prize during the Bendigo Prize Ceremony
Georgia receiving her Prize

Irina Reynolds received the CPA Australia Prize – Second Year AND Third Year. She managed to do all her 2nd and 3rd year accounting subjects in one year plus achieve the highest overall mark in those subjects! The Bendigo Advertiser featured her in an article, recognising this incredible achievement. Here is a link to the article: La Trobe University graduate who dropped out of secondary college lands dream job.

Irina Reynolds receiving her Prize during the Bendigo Prize Ceremony
Irina receiving her Prize

Leah Simpson received the Greg Ellis Memorial Award. The award was established in honour of Greg Ellis who undertook his BA and MA at La Trobe Bendigo Campus and taught across the disciplines of Business, Law, Taxation and Accounting at La Trobe for over a decade. The award is intended to make a significant difference to a high achieving student.

Leah Simpson receiving her Prize during the Bendigo Prize Ceremony
Leah receiving her Prize

Dillon Stiff was awarded the Strategem Community Foundation Prize. The Prize supports people and charities who make a difference.

Dillon Stiff receiving his Prize during the Bendigo Prize Ceremony
Dillon receiving his Prize

LBS congratulates the students with their Prizes!

LBS students recognised at Melbourne Prize Ceremony

Last month, La Trobe University held the Melbourne Prize Ceremony to recognise and celebrate students, their hard work and dedication, and their great accomplishments in pursuit of higher education. Sixty Prizes were awarded, relating to the 2018 Academic year results, for both undergraduate and post graduate studies, and 2019 scholarships. The Prizes are made possible through the generous support of donors.

LBS Recipients

Several LBS students were awarded during the 2019 Melbourne Prize Ceremony. Professor Simon Evans, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce presented the Prize recipients, and Dr Phil Moors AO, LTU Deputy Chancellor, and Professor Jane Hamilton, Head and Dean of La Trobe Business School congratulated the students on stage.

Brett Davidson: Brett received the GMAA Award for achieving the highest overall mark in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.

Brett Davidson receiving his Award
Brett receiving his Prize

Lisa Ford: Lisa received the Leon Capraro Memorial Award. The award was established to commemorate Leon Capraro’s service to La Trobe University Union. Lisa received the Prize for her outstanding result in the subject Tourism and Hospitality Simulation.

Lisa Ford receiving her Award
Lisa receiving her Prize

Morgan Pecar: Morgan was awarded the CPA Australia Prize – Second Year for achieving the highest overall mark in second year accounting subjects.

Morgan Pecar receiving her Prize
Morgan receiving her Prize

Lachlan Ray: Lachlan received the Australian Government, Productivity Commission Prize. He received the Prize for achieving the highest mark in the subject Competition and market Failure.

Lachlan Ray receiving his Prize
Lachlan receiving his Prize

Sharni Robinson: Sharni received the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand – Strategic Management Accounting Prize. She was awarded the Prize for achieving the highest mark in the subject Strategic Management Accounting.

Sharni Robinson receiving her Prize
Sharni receiving her Prize

Wenqing Wei: Wenqing received the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand – Advanced Financial Accounting Prize. She was awarded the Prize for being the top student in the subject Advanced Financial Accounting.

Wenqing Wei receiving her Award
Wenqing receiving her Prize

There were also some award recipients who were unfortunately unable to attend the ceremony:

  • Andreas Demetriou: Andreas was awarded the Vanguard Investments Australia Prize for achieving the highest mark in the subject Financial Planning.
  • Liam Finn-Stanley: Liam was awarded the Donald Whitehead Prize. The Prize is established in memory of Professor Donald Whitehead, the foundation head of the original precursor to LBS, and is awarded to an outstanding Bachelor of Commerce Honours Student. 
  • Kimberley Guild: Kimberley was awarded the Financial Planning Association of Australia Prize. Kimberley received the award because she had the best assessed financial plan as part of the Financial Planning Major, based on assessment in the subject Case Studies in Financial Planning.
  • Matthew Moore: Matthew was awarded theChartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand – Introductory Financial Accounting Prize. He was awarded the Prize for achieving the highest mark in the subject Accounting and Information Systems.
  • Alafiya Moiz Najmudeen: Alafiya was awarded the Melbourne City Football Club – Sport Management Prize for achieving the highest mark in the subject Sports Practicum.
  • Andrei Safonau: Andrei was awarded the SAP Australian User Group Prize for achieving the highest mark for the subject Enterprise Information Systems.
  • Cristina Teresa Salcedo Martinez De Castro: Cristina was awarded the LBS Commitment to Learning Award for showing the greatest improvements in results, reflecting a commitment and determination to improve learning.
  • Xuanyi Sun: Xuanyi was awarded the CPA Australia Prize – Third Year for achieving the highest overall mark in third year accounting subjects.
  • Raluca Terheci: Raluca was awarded the Unisuper Prize for achieving the highest overall result across the undergraduate core financial planning subjects.
  • Mohammad Usman Yousuf: Mohammad was awarded the CPA Australia Prize – First Year for achieving the highest overall mark in first year accounting subjects.

LBS congratulates all students with their Prizes!

Conducting an internship at Australia’s first online party marketplace

Georgia Le Vagueresse, an LBS student studying Event Management and Marketing, sat down with Business Newsroom to talk about her successful internship at Oh It’s Perfect; a platform for party planners to find, buy and sell lifestyle and party-related products and services.

Georgia attending an exclusive event at Sugar Republic as part of her internship

How did you get your internship?

Initially, I knew I’d have to do my own research and reach out to companies to find something unique and interesting. I was really picky on where I wanted to apply as I truly wanted an all-round experience and not simply be there to fetch a coffee for the employees I was working with.

I found Oh It’s Perfect and sent them an email asking if they had an internship available. I explained that I was studying a Bachelor of Event Management and Marketing, and within a week I got a response asking if I’d like an interview!

It is really beneficial to start looking for an internship early in your degree as it takes a while to look around and find companies. I found it better to find companies that I was interested in and email them directly, rather than looking for an advertisement on Seek for example.

What did your internship involve?

Oh It’s Perfect is an organisation that is run mostly on social media. We provide inspiration for our community of followers by reposting other people’s styled parties on the company’s Instagram page, whilst also writing up blog posts on these parties. This way people who are interested can see the process behind the party and also see the vendors who aided in styling the event. That, in turn, gets the vendors’ business. We also create our own content and style our own shoots to create our own party content to publish.

I was responsible for writing up blog posts about parties submitted to us, but also sending direct messages (DM’s) to people to see if they would like to be featured on our blog. I’d get about 4 blog posts published a week, whilst additionally partially managing the company’s Instagram account.

About a month into my internship I began writing bigger pieces, like doing the write up on our own styled shoots, and I began emailing companies that would like to be featured in our styled shoots. This included sponsors and collaborations with brands.

How did the internship enrich your student experience?

There are so many things I learned. I gained valuable knowledge in my writing skills. I heavily developed a professional persona in how I interact with other businesses, and learnt the legal requirements a business has to go through when collaborating with others. My internship revolved around the marketing side, in particular social media marketing, which has sparked more of an interest to this side of my studying, as well as wanting to pursuit additional study of social media marketing in the future.

What is your next step?

I will be continuing on with Oh It’s Perfect as the Deputy Editor while finishing up my degree in a year’s time. After that, I hope to further my studies, especially in social media marketing.

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