Benefits of WIL
WIL activities benefit our students, partner organisations and the University.
Students develop and use knowledge, learn new professional skills and put theory into practice. WIL activities are a key advantage on student’s resumes as they increase the chances of graduate employment in their field of study. WIL also benefits students by:
- developing generic skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork and interpersonal communication skills in work and organisational settings;
- acquiring career development strategies and a work experience portfolio;
- providing students with opportunities to affirm their career choices, learn the expectations, cultures and specific competencies of professions, industries and community contexts; and
- building up and extending a network of contacts.
Industry and community partners benefit by having access to the energy, knowledge and skills of the University and its students, as well as opportunities to build networks with potential future employees. Other benefits include:
- having a resource to do real projects;
- providing staff development opportunities that come from mentoring/coaching students; and
- making links and networks with RMIT.
RMIT’s reputation and staff benefit through building ties with professional practitioners and organisations which can provide opportunities to extend to research activities, consultancy work and other new relationships. WIL practitioners, academics and teachers also benefit by:
- developing strong industry networks that can provide up-to-date industry-related knowledge (impacting on curriculum development and assessment);
- seeing students’ knowledge and skills further develop and helping them discover how they learn through work experience; and
- many of our alumni stay involved with the university by providing engaged learning opportunities, projects and placements for our students.