What are the benefits of work placement and industry projects for students?
Flinders’ WIL program gives you the chance to:
- develop an awareness of workplace culture and expectations
- better understand the rapidly changing world of work
- accelerate the transition from student to professional
- develop a portfolio of work experience to put you ahead of the pack
Can industry projects lead to careers?
There’s a direct correlation between real-world experience and job readiness. In fact, many students get offered positions in their work placement organisations. For Luca Gnezda, Managing Director of Taptu, Flinders’ WIL program has been a sensational success.
“Every student we’ve taken on for WIL has either gone on to get a job with us, or we’ve helped get them interviews and built their networks so they can get their own jobs. Internally we’ve had eight that we’ve employed.”
Luca was particularly impressed with two Flinders students, who have taken the next step with the company.
“I’ve actually brought them onto my company board. To give advice from a young person’s perspective so we can stay young, fresh, and dynamic. We take input from a strategic perspective from young people.”
Work Integrated Learning is highly regarded by employers
Work Integrated Learning is a major part of our degrees, and highly regarded by potential employers. Anthony Skeats, Engineering Manager at Micro-X has been involved in the WIL program and continues to be impressed by the quality of Flinders students.
“The students are very good quality. In my day, when you came out from university you were very wet behind the ears. The students today have a lot more skills…. they’ve learned to apply these skills a little bit better so they can hit the ground running.”
Lachy Sutherland, Manager, Aboriginal Engagement Reconciliation at Department of Environment and Water also sees placing Flinders students as a benefit.
“It’s a great opportunity for the student to learn but also for our organisation. In the future, we’d love to see some of these same students who go through the placement secure jobs in science, in management, in engineering within the agency.”
At Australian Rail Track Corporation, Phil Campbell (GM, Technical Standards) is proud to be involved in a program that helps future graduates.
“There’s no doubt the 20 weeks gives them the chance to do something they can put on their resumes. We like to give them something they can start and finish. Be responsible for. Something they can say ‘I did that.”
Flinders’ WIL program is just one element in a suite of initiatives designed to ensure students graduate fully prepared for the jobs of the future, and ready to make the transition from student life to working life.