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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.

Business analytics critical to business futures, as new Master of Business Analytics and SAS Analytics Innovation Lab launched

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On a very significant evening for La Trobe Business School, the Master of Business Analytics degree and the SAS Analytics Innovation Lab were officially launched. At a very well attended event on Tuesday 10th November at the City Campus, Andrew Condron, General Manager, Analytics at Telstra gave the key note address, providing insights into the significance of analytics for contemporary business activity, including for decision making. As Andrew made clear, the future of business is fundamentally linked to analytics. Following Andrew’s presentation, Lynette Clunies-Ross, Chief Operating Officer at SAS, reaffirmed the importance of the relationship between SAS and La Trobe as she launched the SAS Advanced Analytics Lab, a lab that will make a highly significant contribution both to the research and teaching of the analytics team in La Trobe Business School.  Associate Professor KL Ong, Program Director of the Master of Business Analytics, provided an overview of the new program, highlighting its innovation both in terms of its integration with business, and its flexible delivery through live streaming. Professor Damminda Alahakoon, leader of the Business Analytics group in LBS, then highlighted the research innovations occurring within the Business Analytics team, including their engagement with key industries including health, police and sport. The event was opened by Professor Paul Mather, Head of La Trobe Business School, and closed by Professor Tony McGrew, Pro Vice Chancellor, College of ASSC.

In the lead up to the first full offering of the Master of Business Analytics, LBS is running a series of Business Analytics workshops. If you are interested in finding out more, see our website.

For information on the Masters of Business Analytics, see the Business Analytics La Trobe web page.

If you would like more information on our series of workshops or our Masters Courses, please do not hesitate to contact us at

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