Reference List Entry:

Hughes, Karen, Aliisa Mylonas, and Pierre Benckendorff. 2013. "Students’ Reflections on Industry Placement: Comparing Four Undergraduate Work-Integrated Learning Streams." Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education 14 (4): 265-279.

About this Journal Article:

Through the review of student reflections after the completion of their WIL program, Hughes et al. conclude that these opportunities for application-based professional development provide graduates with “a range of transferable skills and informed industry perspectives” (277). Students emphasized in their reflections the ability to put their coursework and subject knowledge into practice, recognizing the skills they held and potential areas of improvement. The immersion allowed students to recognize what industry professionals expected of their employees and understand what is needed to be successful in their discipline. Further, WIL students reflected upon their career choice as a whole, utilizing program experience to confirm the professional path they had selected and to recognize the culture surrounding the industry.