The Benefits of being a WIL Partner
Our WIL partners are in the forefront of helping students to develop the kinds of skills that are necessary for their success upon graduation. They also assist students to apply their theoretical knowledge in a real-world context, and to make connections between what they have learnt in the classroom and the workplace.
With careful supervision, students can undertake industry or community projects that partner organisations may not have the time or skills to undertake, sometimes with spectacular results. Many partners are surprised at the impact of fresh ideas and enthusiasm that students can bring to their organisation. Students frequently bring new knowledge of research and practice, and the linkages forged with UNSW staff can mean access to emerging research and technologies.
Direct interaction with students can also help partner organisations identify potential for recruitment, often with an appreciation of the value different kinds of graduates can bring to the organisation. Many organisations use WIL activities to provide professional development opportunities for their staff, especially in mentoring and managing students.
WIL partners often cite reasons for being involved in WIL related to a desire to ‘give back’ to the industry or profession. Seen in a broader context, this is one way to contribute not only to the future of an industry or profession, but also to the wider community.