Work Integrated Learning and WORK300/WORK500

Career Development is focused on students and is committed to providing the global community with career ready graduates. UNE's Work Integrated Learning program allows students to develop professional skills relevant to their course of study to assist them with gaining graduate employment.

What do employers want?

Generally, employers are looking for graduates with the following skills and attributes (in order of importance):

  1. interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral)
  2. drive and commitment/industry knowledge
  3. critical reasoning and analytical skills/technical skills
  4. calibre of academic results
  5. work experience
  6. teamwork skills
  7. emotional intelligence (including self-awareness, confidence, motivation)
  8. leadership skills
  9. activities (including intra and extracurricular).

What are the benefits of undertaking Work Integrated Learning (WIL)?

As a Work Integrated Learning participant, students will be able to:

  • apply their academic knowledge
  • contribute to a workplace
  • gain new and valuable transferable skills
  • add work experience to their portfolio
  • establish and build on their network
  • ask their host employer to act as a referee
  • experience the reality of their career path
  • review their career plan and adjust if necessary.

How can I participate in the program?

For some students Work Integrated Learning is a mandatory component of their course and for others it is optional,

Unfortunately, for some students it is not part of their course rules, so it cannot be undertaken.

Students who are undertaking Agriculture, Rural Science, Agriculture/Laws, Animal Science, Engineering Technology, Urban and Regional Planning, Education, Nursing, Medicine, Social Work, Pharmacy or Exercise Science do not use the Work Integrated Learning program and they should instead contact their relevant School for more information.

You can participate in Work Integrated Learning in a number of ways:

What are the requirements?

For all Work Integrated Learning programs, it is the student's responsibility to find a host employer and an academic supervisor. For WORK300/WORK500, the host employer must be within Australia (overseas placements will not be approved), students must also negotiate the assessment task/s with their academic supervisor, and advanced standing cannot be granted.

The assessment task/s may include one or more of the following:

  • a written report
  • a reflective journal/work diary
  • copies of completed work reports or documents completed whilst on placement
  • details of projects worked on or which you contributed to
  • details of any field trips or conferences attended
  • reports on experiments conducted or observed
  • a portfolio or e-portfolio
  • oral presentation to academic or student group
  • media presentation including photos, videos or use of social media.

Do I need to prepare?

To prepare students for participation in a Work Integrated Learning  program, Career Development provides an online Moodle Preparation Module. It is a mandatory requirement that students register, work through and complete the module before they commence with their host employer. It is essential for both insurance purposes and so that students understand what is expected of them with regard to representing the university. Advanced standing cannot be granted for the Preparation Module.

Students will be registered into the appropriate Moodle Preparation Module by Career Development.

Please note the difference between the terms enrol and register. Students completing WORK300/WORK500 must enrol in the actual unit themselves, as part of their normal enrolment process via myUNE > myEnrol, just like any other unit. The term register refers only to the Moodle Preparation Module component.

Where can I find more information?

For advice or assistance with any of the Work Integrated Learning  programs, please contact Career Development via telephone 02 6773 2897 or email via AskUNE. Face-to-face appointments are available for on-campus students and telephone appointments are available for online students.

For details about any scheduled Work Integrated Learning Information Sessions, please go to the Workshop Module in the Career Development Online Moodle unit. These sessions will include information about how to look for and approach appropriate host employers, as well as other details about Work Integrated Learning.