Why do WIL?
Benefits of WIL
- Expands your knowledge, learn new professional skills and put theory into practice.
- Boosts your resume – increasing the chance of graduate employment in your field of study.
- Develops your generic skills, such as problem solving, teamwork and interpersonal communication techniques in work settings.
- Acquire career development strategies and a work experience portfolio.
- Gives you the opportunity to understand work culture and specific competencies of professions and industries.
- Establish a network of contacts – potentially resulting in you gaining a job role eventually.
- You get to know whether you enjoy working in the industry and whether it’s a career path you want to pursue. Maybe you’ll love it or maybe you won’t like it but that’s ok – it’s designed for you to ‘test drive’ the industry.
Types of WIL activities
The type of WIL activities you will undertake depends on your program and discipline of study. Different disciplines give them different names and 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
- off-shore and online activities.
WIL ‘Simulations’ may or may not involve a real industry or community partner. These are usually activities where you would practice using industry technology, equipment or activities which would carry too much risk or not be possible to ‘test’ e.g. moot courts are used for students to emulate court cases (not possible for students to work in a real court case).
You may have the opportunity to complete a variety of WIL activities throughout your program. WIL activities may be arranged for you through your school or you may be required to find your own placement or project. Discipline or course specific information regarding your placement or project is provided by your School. In the first instance, check your course guide; for further information see Contacts.