What is WIL?
WIL is a learning activity where you use your academic learning in a real-life situation, with a real industry or community partner.
Higher Education and Vocational Education students can complete a WIL activity, which is formally assessed for credit towards your qualification.
The type of WIL activities you undertake depends on your program and study discipline and can occur on or off campus. They may be in the form of:
- Work placements such as clinical placements, internships, cooperative and field education, vocational and professional practices
- Projects with industry and community-based organisations
- Art projects with exhibitions
- WIL simulations such as activities where you practice using industry technology, equipment or activities that are too risky or not possible to complete in an industry setting e.g. moot courts
- Offshore and online activities
Benefits of WIL
A WIL activity gives you the opportunity to:
- Learn new professional skills and put theory into practice
- Add professional experience and skills to your resume
- Develop transferable skills, such as problem solving, teamwork and communication
- Understand work culture and specific competencies of professions and industries
- Establish a network of contacts – potentially resulting in you gaining a job role
Through a WIL activity, you can evaluate whether you enjoy working in the industry and if it’s a career path you want to pursue. Maybe you’ll love it or maybe you won’t, but that’s ok – WIL is an opportunity for you to ‘test drive’ the industry.