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La Trobe Business School Sport Management student Rebecca Privitelli ready to tackle on and off-field career

La Trobe Business School Sport Management student, Rebecca Privitelli, is rising to prominence throughout Melbourne’s Northern suburbs by cashing in on a huge month in women’s sport.

The 21 year old will be competing in the inaugural AFLW competition in 2017, after being selected by Carlton with pick 142 in the national draft on October 12th this year.

She rounded out her exciting month by being named the first ever head coach of the Northern Knights Football Club women’s team on October 21st.

During this busy period Privitelli still found the time to continue her studies and complete her 120 hours placement at Ikon Park through La Trobe’s partnership with the Carlton Football club.

Speaking to La Trobe Sport earlier this year, Privitelli said growing up ‘she always had a passion for the sport’.

“My biggest dream was to become one of the first women to play in the AFL,” she said. “My love for the sport developed as I started playing and coaching, however I felt like there was an aspect of the game I was yet to be involved in.”

For Privitelli, this turned out to be working in the code she loved and getting vital exposure to the sport industry through her internship at Carlton.

Privitelli gets active during placement.

“Once I completed high school, I received my first job in football which primarily focused on development of the game at the grassroots level.  It was through this opportunity that I realised that a degree in Sports Management was a way I could transform my passion for AFL into a career in the industry.”

Choosing where to complete that Sports Management degree was not a decision Privitelli took lightly, hoping to balance her busy lifestyle while maximising her opportunities to become career-ready post degree.

“La Trobe stood out to me as the clear choice as they had the most extensive options for Sports Management.  The university also appealed to me as they were able to support my commitments as a footballer through the La Trobe Elite Athlete Program.”

“As I neared the end of my second year at La Trobe, placement options were at the forefront of my mind and when I was given the chance to undertake my placement at the Carlton Football Club I knew it was the moment I had been waiting for.”

“I was lucky to be offered a role at the club as a Community Outreach Officer along with nine other La Trobe students.”

The students’ responsibilities as Community Outreach Officers included being responsible for creating authentic experiences for fans and creating a sense of belonging for the community by delivering the Community and Diversity programs.

Privitelli (front left) with fellow students, Carlton Staff and Sport Management co-ordinator Pam Kappelides at Ikon Park.

“I’ve had the opportunity to assist a range of people both internal and external to the club, building my network of industry professionals in the process.”

This network includes students and teachers within the Northern corridor, people within communities from different cultural backgrounds and people involved in the women’s AFL academy.”

Privitelli feels that the experience gained throughout the internship, along with the knowledge gained from her degree has equipped her to to start a successful career in the sport industry.

“The experience gained throughout my placement has significantly enhanced my communication and leadership skills.”

“Everything I have learnt throughout my placement in conjunction with the knowledge gained from my degree at La Trobe University leaves me feeling like I can enter the workforce with confidence.”

“I can now complete my degree with the belief that I am well positioned to tackle any challenge that comes my way.”

This article was originally published on the La Trobe University internships blog.

Meet your Teachers – Daniel Nguyen

Daniel is a PhD candidate at La Trobe, and also lectures in finance and economics and has taught at La Trobe since 2012. Originally from Vietnam, Daniel graduated from Foreign Trade University  in Ho Chi Minh City, studying a Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours. In the final six months of his degree, Daniel got a job with HSBC in Vietnam. Daniel then moved over to work at HSBC in Hong Kong before getting a scholarship to study his Masters in Financial Analysis at La Trobe. After finishing his Masters, Daniel was afforded the opportunity to be a research assistant at La Trobe. He would then receive a scholarship to complete a PhD at La Trobe, which he will complete in 2017.

During his teaching time at La Trobe, Daniel has lectured and tutored in multiple subjects in the finance and economics disciplines. As of late, Daniel has been a lecturer in the subjects ‘Modelling Econometrics’ and ‘Computational Finance’. As a teacher, Daniel believes that blending of practical examples and theory are the best way of teaching students.

“I just want to make it practical and interesting to my students. (Looking at) what will happen in their life and how we can apply the theory and the knowledge that you have learnt in university to measure something in the real world,” Daniel says.

Daniel has recently been recognised for his outstanding teaching. In July, Daniel won an award from the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the College of ASSC, for “embracing the lecturing role with great enthusiasm, effort and providing a great learning experience”. More precious to Daniel, however, was a teaching award given to him by the La Trobe Student Union.

Daniel at the La Trobe Student Union Awards

“To me the La Trobe Student Union teaching award is the most precious one because it’s voted by my students. This means they realise and appreciate my assistance and my teaching is good to them,” Daniel says.

Exam Advice

Daniel’s advice for students during exams is to stay focused throughout the whole semester. This, he believes, will help students when we come to final exams.

“Education is a lifelong process. (That) means do not wait until the last minute to ask questions because in the last minute, you will be very confused and you will get lost,” Daniel explains.

Daniel says that we should try to go over the final few lectures to prepare for exams.

“Go to the last recorded lecture. I think most lecturers will give you some hints and some guidance for subject revision and especially for the final exam,” Daniel says.

“Usually the final exam just replicates what you’ve learnt during the semester in tutorial exercises and lecture examples so go back over those,” Daniel continues.

This post was originally published on the ‘Wise ASSC’ student blog.

LBS Sport Management students hit goals at International Festival of Hockey

By Emma Sherry

La Trobe University is proud to be the number one University for sport in Australia. Two key undergraduate programs within the La Trobe sport course offerings are delivered by LBS, and are the Bachelor of Business (Sport Management) at our Melbourne campus and the Bachelor of Business (Sport Development and Management) at our Bendigo campus.  A third key program, at the postgraduate level and delivered by LBS, is the Master of Management (Sport Management).

Sport is a rapidly growing and significant global industry offering a range of career opportunities. Our degrees are designed and delivered in collaboration with industry professionals. These courses combine business foundations with essential sport-specific knowledge and skills. We offer valuable placement and network opportunities and exposure to potential areas of employment.

In the undergraduate degrees, in addition to work integrated learning experiences through our Sport Practicum subject, sport management students at both campuses are provided with opportunities to volunteer at a variety of sport and active recreation events and activities during their time as a student. Students have volunteered at Melbourne City, Melbourne Rebels and most recently with Hockey Australia for the International Festival of Hockey. Students are required to apply formally for these opportunities and through this process develop their CV writing and interview experience. This process also ensures that the sport organisations receive the very best student candidates for these valuable volunteer placements.

Two students, Tianna (Bendigo) and Sam (Bundoora) (pictured above) have been volunteering with Hockey Australia this year, culminating in the festival held in Bendigo on November 19th. Ben Hartung, the General Manager – Hockey, noted that “Sam and Tianna, our two brilliant interns, are working at the International Festival of Hockey … They are both playing keys roles in the organisation of the Festival components in Melbourne and Bendigo and they have been embraced by the entire Hockey Australia team. We are very lucky to have them as part of our team”.

The International Festival of Hockey is a fun-filled family event that saw Australia’s home favourites, the iconic Kookaburras and Hockeyroos, take on some of their biggest international rivals, India, Malaysia and New Zealand. Hot off the back of their Olympic Games campaign, the Australian men’s team – the Kookaburras – host India, Malaysia and New Zealand in a four nations competition in Melbourne before taking on India in two further test matches in Bendigo. Also playing in Australia for the first time since the Olympics, the Hockeyroos – the women’s team – go head-to-head against India in three test matches in Melbourne.

The sport management programs at La Trobe University pride ourselves on creating engaged and work-ready graduates. By providing more opportunities for students, outside of their formal education, the program ensure that our students are best placed to build their CV during their time with us and to gain employment on completion of their studies.


The FIRN PhD course in banking and stability: things I have learned as a young researcher at LBS.


By Shawgat S. Kutubi

I recently attended the banking and stability course offered by the Financial Research Network (FIRN) and organized by the University of Sydney Business School from 18-22 July, 2016.  I am a PhD candidate in LBS in the Department of Accounting.  My thesis research is focused on “Busy Directors’ Impact on Bank Performance, Risk-Taking and Earnings Quality”.  As stated on its website, “FIRN : the Financial Research Network – is a network of finance schools across Australian universities whose focus is on developing better research outcomes, better researchers, better educated PhD students and better collaborations nationally and internationally through networking and researcher development.” (

The 5-day long course took place at the newly established building of the university at its Darlington campus and had 22 participants from several business school across Australia. Days were divided into two morning and afternoon sessions each day. The event was co-ordinated by Associate Professor Eliza Wu from the University of Sydney Business School.

1. Meaningful Feedback

Before the course began, the coordinator sent designated papers to all participants, with the papers being presented during the morning sessions. Each presenter was assigned two papers, and asked to present them critically. Afterwards both presenter and participants were asked to develop a new research idea using the findings and limitations discussed in presented papers. Then, the coordinator paired students to discuss future research possibilities using the new idea(s) generated within the class, according to their own research background. I found the brainstorming part of finding new research ideas fascinating.

The afternoon sessions allowed the PhD researchers to discuss their own research. This session gave me and many others the opportunity to learn about new data-analysis techniques and various data-sources from the course participants and coordinator. As an emerging researcher, hearing other researcher’s critical comments allowed me see my research from an entirely different perspective.

2. Research doesn’t have boundaries

As a PhD researcher joining this course I found that it particularly helped me to learn about certain tools of research from experienced academics. One of the experienced participants was Professor Iftekhar Hasan, who is a Professor of Finance, at Fordham University, USA. Speaking to him made me realise that there are no boundaries to doing research; research interest and research jurisdictions should not necessarily make the researcher parochial. Professor Hasan shared his personal journey of becoming a world class researcher, motivating the emerging young researchers attending to develop career strategies according to the ever growing challenges in the world of academia. This, along with speaking to other passionate researchers, motivated me to try and seize more international opportunities as a researcher, once I complete my PhD.

In short, this course was a unique opportunity for a young researcher to network with banking and finance researchers at Australian universities. I would strongly recommend all fellow PhD researchers at La Trobe Business School to join courses offered by FIRN (and other organizations who host courses and degree programs).

I would particularly like to thank my supervisor Professor Kamran Ahmed, Department of Accounting, for giving me this opportunity and encouraging me to join this course at a later stage of my thesis writing.



Succeeding in LBS’s Bachelor of Business at Shepparton, and LTU’s Graduate Program: Testimonial from Cameron Fletcher

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By Cameron Fletcher

I studied La Trobe Business School’s Bachelor of Business with a double major in Management and Marketing at the Shepparton Campus of La Trobe University. I chose La Trobe University because I felt that I identify with the LTU Mission statement very strongly, especially in regards to global citizenship and sustainability. I have always been interested in environmental issues and advanced technology. I think we’re living in a very interesting and important point in time. You look around and see all the issues we face in regards to climate change and wonder where we are heading. But also watching the rise of green energy and all the new things people are doing to try to lower our impact and reverse the damage is quite astounding. The car industry in particular I find amazing with the rise of Tesla & Formula E with electric cars and with Formula 1 and Le Mans prototypes now running Hybrids at the same speeds as before. It’s very captivating and I was glad that I had several teachers at La Trobe University who were driven and interested in new ideas, and who also made an effort to include these issues in their teaching content.

I feel like it was this drive that also motivated me and my fellow students to take part in the LTU graduate program as well. I was lucky enough to be in a class that had the right mix of ambitious youngsters looking to start careers and mature age professionals coming back to further their career. In my view, this combination was essential in my learning experience, being able to work in conjunction with people who had industry experience. It definitely led me to meet with the program coordinator, which in turn led to an interview.

So far, the graduate position has been great. I have just finished my first placement in the Digital, ASSC College and Media & Communications team in La Trobe University’s marketing department, and I have just started my second rotation. The way it works is that we spend four months in three departments of La Trobe University, getting a chance to work in several areas which interest us. I have learnt a lot in my first four months working in the programme. I learned technical skills around using Content Management Systems (CMS) during my time in digital marketing, and I refined skills to develop original content and learned how to use a brand writing style when writing for different audiences. Through this, I also became aware of what stakeholder management involves and how I would handle situations where there are a lot of expectations from different parties.

In each team I had an opportunity to work on interesting projects with great people. Some projects I’ve been a part of in my current rotation include the redevelopment of the MBA page, implementation of new content and design for the website, and assisting in the organisation of media projects such as the new Bold Thinking Series. It was fascinating to see these initiatives from a behind-the-scenes perspective, and I have learned a lot about project planning by seeing projects pass through different department before being finalised. It made me realise how important it is to take things slowly. Often you see people fresh into the workforce trying to rush everything, which leads to a lot of unnecessary mistakes. Taking your time, and learning to do things properly, will save you a lot of preventable extra work down the track. It is good to learn the essential skills you need in the position and, over time, the pace you can efficiently work at will increase. My grandfather, who was a builder for most of his life, always used the motto “measure twice, cut one”. This piece of advice has been invaluable to me, and it is something I have always remembered when accessing my work.

I think what’s important in a fulfilling a job is that you don’t feel overwhelmed, and that you have a good team around. A positive environment and having work which provides meaning to you, can make a huge difference in my eyes. If you have these things, I think work can be quite enjoyable, which encourages you to do better.

Starting out at La Trobe: the experiences of a first year LBS Aspire student and La Trobe Student Ambassador

By James Alvarez

            I am a first year business student at La Trobe Business School who came straight out of high school and jumped head first into university. My university journey started before I had even begun my year 12 final exams, searching through endless course guides and attending so many Open Days I found myself dreaming of La Trobe University. The colourful and natural environment of the Melbourne campus was so inviting, and La Trobe quickly became my first choice. After going to Experience La Trobe days, Aspire, an amazing early admission program, became a clear and easy to follow way of getting into university.

            Before entering my VCE exam period I filled out the online Aspire application, in which I highlighted the community work I have done for my school and the fundraisers I have organised, one being for the Royal Children’s Hospital. To my excited surprise, my Aspire offer came through in September for the Bachelor of Business in La Trobe Business School. This took a lot of weight off my mind before I sat my exams!

            After my high school life had come to an end, my uni life had already begun and, attending all the ‘days’ La Trobe offered, I quickly became friends with both students and staff.. I must have been smiling nicely and shaking the right hands because before the academic year had begun I was offered a role in the Student Ambassador program. Just recently I was assigned to a photoshoot with the Vice Chancellor, Professor John Dewar, for a brochure and I made the cover! Amazing networking and great fun and a pleasure to be involved in.

            The 2nd and 3rd year ambassadors became like older brothers and sisters to me, helping me to understand a range of university jargon such as referencing and the LMS. If truth were to be told, this made university seem larger than life. But I was quickly brought back to earth when an ambassador told me where the best coffee was on campus.

            And then the academic year began. Attending my first ever university seminar in Business Foundations I was warmly welcomed and given detailed explanations on anything I needed to know. I found that business students at La Trobe are very like-minded people, all very keen to help one another and being open to group work activities.

            Feeling alone at La Trobe University and within LBS has not been an issue for me. The support liaison team were an amazing help when they noticed I had accidentally enrolled myself into a 2nd year subject in my first semester! They emailed me outlining the problem and then took the time to call me and guide me through my StudentOnline to get the issue rectified. After the problem was sorted, they gave me their contact details for any future questions I have. This is a huge helping hand for a first year with no prior knowledge on such matters, like myself! Similarly, the Ask La Trobe team have always been quick and easy to talk to. Want to know how to print? Ask La Trobe. Don’t know how to get your student ID? Ask La Trobe. Don’t know who to ask about a problem with a specific subject? Ask La Trobe.

            So far my academic year has been driving along a very smooth road. The LMS makes this possible by giving me metaphorical road signs that point me to my destination, such as assignments, readings for that week and awesome online lectures I can do from the comfort of my own bed if I please! In my two weeks at university I have already built a note taking system and handed in my first short writing diagnostics take through TurinItIn which a 3rd year commerce student helped me through.

            This is only the beginning of my university journey and it has already been an amazing one! I hope to continue my study and to continue to have a great time with all the new and amazing people here at La Trobe. Now I am going to continue my online lectures!

James Alvarez is a first year La Trobe Business School student who is involved in La Trobe University’s ASPIRE programme.

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