Making the most of your WIL activity

The information provided here is aimed at assisting you in making the most of your WIL experience and to ensure you know what to do and who to contact if you encounter a problem during your WIL activity.

Begin by watching UNSW undergraduate and postgraduate students talk about why they did WIL and some of their tips for success.

Watch this video made by WIL students from the Faculty of Art & Design that provides some helpful hints on making the most of your WIL experience.

Roles and responsibilities during your WIL activity

Throughout the WIL activity you are responsible for:

  • complying with the WIL Agreement, with reasonable directions of WIL staff, as well as with UNSW policies and procedures e.g. Student Code of Conduct.
  • meeting all the requirements associated with the WIL activity, the WIL course as a whole, and the program of study. This includes class-based and/or online learning activities and assessment tasks.

The Student Code of Conduct also sets out expectations that your will:

  • treat all University staff, other students, and visitors to the University with courtesy, tolerance and respect. This extends to teaching staff in venues off-campus and online, and supervisors and others involved in workplace or clinical placements, fieldwork or other forms of a WIL activity.
  • conduct yourself in an appropriate manner while on workplace or clinical placements, fieldwork or other forms of a WIL activity.
  • ensure your actions or inactions as a student do not harm, or bring into disrepute, the University’s reputation or good standing.

For more detail on all Roles and Responsibilities in Work Integrated Learning at UNSW , which you can access here.

WIL Supervision

UNSW WIL staff and workplace supervisors play an important role in making your Wil activity WIL a positive and productive learning experience. However, it is ultimately you who is responsible for your own learning. To gain the most advantage from your WIL activity, there are many things you can do, beginning with being well prepared before starting, asking for help when needed, and taking every opportunity available to maximise your learning.

For details on what you can do to gain the most from your WIL supervisors read the WIL Supervision and Support Guidelines for Students, which you can access here.