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Career Support Centre

We give you the tools you need to succeed

All our students have access to a comprehensive library of resources that help to build awareness and knowledge of the wider industry landscape that our graduates will soon be a part of.

Securing a role in IT or business is made much easier when combining newly-acquired career aptitude with a La Trobe University qualification.

Career resources
  • Help finding jobs
  • Job application best practices
  • Preparing your résumé
  • Interview skills
  • Salary negotiation techniques
  • Interviews with industry professionals
  • Inspirational articles and videos
Industry Insight live interviews

Our Industry Insight videos are a curated collection of live interviews and interactive workshops with industry professionals. Sharing invaluable information with our students is another reason why our 100% online courses are proving to be the new employability benchmark. This is just one of the many career resources available to all our La Trobe-Didasko students.

Adam Goodes talks IT recruitment
Carla Egan discusses the generations in business
Mark Silveira shares the science behind sales

Finding jobs

Prepare your résumé

Applying for jobs

Interview skills

Salary negotiation

Career-minded person


Part of planning your new career is understanding the remuneration you can expect. We offer pathways, advice and guidance to help our graduates in getting an income that matches their hard work.

Having a La Trobe University qualification greatly increases your opportunities to highly paid job roles. Here are just a few positions you can expect after getting the right qualifications.

Careers in IT

  • Systems Analyst 4.5 $90k
  • Analyst Programmer 3.9 $100k
  • Database Administrator 3.8 $120k
  • Software Engineer 4.1 $130k
  • Software Developer 4.1 $100k
  • Android Developer 4.5 $100k
  • Network Engineer 4.2 $100k
  • Network Specialist 3.5 $100k


  • Cloud Engineer 3.8 $130k
  • Network Specialist 3.5 $100k
  • Systems Engineer 3.8 $130k
  • Database Developer 4.0 $130k
  • Web Developer 3.9 $80k
  • Linux System Administrator 4.0 $100k


Careers in business

  • Administration Manager 4.2 $70k
  • Personal Assistant 4.2 $70k
  • Office Administrator 3.9 $60k
  • Office Manager 4.1 $70k
  • Product Manager 4.1 $130k
  • Administration Officer 4.0 $60k
  • Executive Officer 4.2 $90k
  • Program Coordinator 4.2 $80k


Tips and tricks

To give you an idea of some of the information available to our students, continue reading for some tips and tricks we offer on securing a new job.

Applying for jobs

From day one of your studies, or even if you are halfway through, it is never too soon to consider what career or role you’re interested in.

A big challenge people face is working out what positions to look for and how. Here’s an easy way to figure it out and start your journey. Get onto a job website like SEEK, enter a salary range and a location if you wish. Enter the category type, leaving off the subcategory and keywords, then press 'search'. Yes, there may be advertisements, but it will become obvious which ones to skip. If you do this regularly you will learn the following:

  1. learn about the industry you are getting into
  2. what companies do
  3. what is expected of you
  4. what you can bring to different roles/organisations.

If you want to land a great position sooner rather than later, don’t be too casual with your searching. Of course, your current situation affects how much time you have to research. If you work full-time, have a family, plus you’re studying, then there won’t be much spare time. Scheduling at least 30 minutes a day is better than waiting for the weekend. It all adds up, and over a couple of weeks you will have plenty of quality applications out there.

It’s important to build momentum. It’s of little value applying for a position and, because you are so excited about it, deciding you won’t apply for anything else until you hear about this one – that is the wrong strategy. Keep applying for positions. You never know if you will hear back or how long it will take. It might even turn out the role isn’t quite what you thought. The more opportunities you have open means the more likely some will convert to interviews, then to offers.

A résumé (also known as a curriculum vitae – CV for short), is a document that explains your skills, achievements and personal details. Résumés are most often used when applying for a new job.

We all should have a master copy of our résumé, but for some applications you may need to modify it to suit the job you are applying for. This means extrapolating in some areas or cutting back in others. Tailor your résumé for a specific application and highlight what skills/experience that are relevant for that particular application.

How much is your application letter worth?

Application/covering letters are one-page documents that you include with your résumé when applying for a job. They give you the opportunity to introduce yourself and demonstrate why you would be suitable for the job.

Imagine you’re applying for a job role with a salary package of $60k and you’ve written a 350-word application/covering letter. Divide 350 into the 60K and every word on the page has a potential value of $171.42.

Mistakes can cost you money
  • Three spelling mistakes – deduct $514.28
  • One grammatical error – deduct $171.42
  • Recipient’s name spelt wrong – deduct $171.42
  • Wrong job title of the role you’re applying for – deduct $171.42

In most cases, organisations will want to host interviews with applicants who have progressed in the job application process. There are different types of interview styles and methods that you should be ready for.

Standard interview

It is not uncommon for candidates to attend an interview at the organisation's premises. The interview is typically hosted by one or more interviewers who will ask pointed questions to you in an attempt to determine your suitability for the position.

Phone interview

Once you have started applying for positions you need to be prepared for scheduled and unscheduled phone interviews. Sometimes the organisation will call, email or SMS you to arrange a day and time. This allows you to review your application and gather your thoughts before the call. Sometimes they will call and ask if you are free to talk right away. It happens, so you need to be able to deal with any situation.

Group interview

A group interview might involve a few candidates, or perhaps even 20. It depends on the role and what the organisation finds the most effective and time-efficient. Group interviews involve activities of some kind.

  1. Be prepared
  2. Be on time
  3. Dress appropriately
  4. Do not wear too much cologne or perfume
  5. Refrain from eating foods the evening/morning of the interview that tend to come out of the pores/breath
  6. Refrain from having a cigarette for at least an hour prior to the interview
  7. Do not chew gum
  8. Turn your mobile off or to silent
What to have with you
  1. Name and address of the company
  2. Names of your interviewers
  3. Company phone number in case of emergency
  4. A copy of your résumé
  5. A copy of the job advertisement
  6. A list of notes/questions you would like to ask them
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Career Guide. Interactive course samples. Pre-enrolment assessment.

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