Where there is a WIL there is a way

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Freudenberg, Brett
Brimble, Mark
Cameron, Craig
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2010
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While work-integrated learning (WIL) is seen as a way to address the call for improved 'employment readiness' and generic skills of graduates, it has been stated that WIL programs need to be 'well managed and structured' and 'well integrated'. To provide such structure and integration a Professional Development (PD) Program was developed to assist students who would undertake a WIL internship as part of their business degree. This paper details evidence of the impact of the PD Program for first year students compared to those undertaking a conventional orientation process. The preliminary evidence demonstrate that structure and integration of the PD Program has had positive effects in terms of generic skills, satisfaction and self-efficacy.

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Higher Education Research and Development

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29

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5

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© 2010 Taylor & Francis. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal website for access to the definitive, published version.

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Education

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Economics, business and management curriculum and pedagogy

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