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Industry Experience & Placements

Work integrated learning

At La Trobe, we want you to hit the ground running. From hands-on learning to industry placements, our courses are designed to equip you for your new career.

Unlike unis with a more theoretical approach, we want you to learn the useful stuff employers are looking for.

Our aim is to equip you with real-world experience so you can:

  • develop work-ready skills that are in-demand with employers
  • boost your employability while you are studying
  • put theory in practice through learning and mentoring by leading academics and experienced practitioners
  • network with colleagues and potential employers
  • get exposure to cutting-edge clinical skills and techniques.

Work experience and placements at La Trobe

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Where are you doing placement?

La Trobe students talk about their placements, from local opportunities in Melbourne CBD to Singapore, Scotland and Samoa.


of undergraduates found employment within four months of graduation.

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT), 2021, ComparED: Overall undergraduate results for La Trobe University

Most adaptive grads

Employers ranked our graduates the best in Victoria for their ability to adapt, apply skills and knowledge and work independently.

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT), 2022, 2021 Employer Satisfaction Survey [PDF, 1.88 MB]

Industry experience at La Trobe

At La Trobe, you’ll unlock a range of placement opportunities to gain work-relevant experience for credit with our industry and community partners.

Apply the knowledge and skills from your course in a professional work setting, gain valuable work experience, and build your professional network. Designed with flexibility in mind, choose from completing one major placement in a single semester; or undertaking multiple placements over two or more semesters.

Completing an industry placement as part of your degree will assist you to develop professional networks that enable you to more easily gain employment upon graduation. You will explore what it means to be a member of a professional team in a workplace, reflect upon your experiences and career aspirations and develop transferrable skills that will improve your employability.

Practical work placements in a real industry setting are offered right across the University. In addition to discipline-specific subjects, we offer a multi-discipline subject, with preference being given to students who don’t have a compulsory WIL subject as part of their course.

We offer health and professional placement opportunities for students with a mandatory placement component in their course, with local and international industry partners. Students undertake clinical or professional education in the form of placements, fieldwork and other clinical and professional experience.

We offer professional experience placements for students with compulsory placement components in their course. These placements give you the opportunity to work in a supportive educational setting, integrating theory with practice, and developing the skills and experience to meet the requirements for teacher registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

In addition to practical work placement subjects, we offer students the opportunity to participate in other work-related experiences including industry projects and study tours.

Course placements

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How did you choose your placement?

Felicity explains how advertisements from industry within La Trobe guided her placement choice.

What are placements like?

Jasvinder explains how placements work and shares what it's like to go on placement.

What opportunities are there for placements?

Hayley talks about the opportunity to do a field placement in her final year of study.

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