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Land your dream job with Work Integrated Learning

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With all the theory you learn at uni, you need a place to test drive it. That’s where Work Integrated Learning (WIL) comes in: to help you develop new skills and build confidence for a job-ready start. Take it from the students who’ve been there before.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology students, Taylor Malouf and Brittany Brown, did their WIL internships at two local leaders in promoting mental health: Premier Psychology and Menslink.

We recently asked Taylor and Brittany about their different experiences to uncover the top benefits of completing a WIL internship.

1. Applying what you’ve learned at uni

The best thing about WIL is taking what you’ve learned and putting it into action. That’s why Taylor felt at home in an environment where she already knew most of the lingo.

My studies have taught me a lot of the theoretical knowledge and terminology that is used around the office.

At Premier Psychology, Taylor facilitated group social skills therapy workshops and wrote blogs and reports, applying the knowledge she gained in her psychology course.

2. Receiving professional support and training

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Behind every successful WIL internship is the support of a stellar workplace. UC connects students to a wide variety of organisations that value professional training.

‘There was an abundance of support from our supervisor during the whole internship, which was fantastic,’ Brittany said.

Brittany interviewed past users of Menslink’s services about their experiences with the organisation, their suggestions and any help they needed. Her supervisor was with her every step of the way.

3. Develop technical and people skills

For Taylor and Brittany, their WIL placements provided the perfect setting to hone their skills and develop new ones. Taylor gained the technical skills needed to lead group therapy sessions.

Now I can communicate with more confidence and knowledge with clients.

Brittany sharpened her communication and people skills and learned how to work well in a team.

4. Position yourself for the future

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With so much competition to enter today’s workforce, it’s important to get ahead. WIL gives you that extra boost to get in first.

‘It provides a great opportunity to work toward future career goals,’ Brittany said.

Brittany wants to join the Australian Federal Police (AFP) or a similar organisation. Her experience with Menslink gave her a taste of being part of an organisation that makes a positive impact on the community.

For Taylor, there’s no doubt that the internship filled the missing link in her studies. She wants to be a clinical psychologist.

I now understand how the role of a psychologist is filled.

The verdict?

WIL gives you valuable work experience that puts you on the fast track towards a successful career.

‘The skills I learned will help me with my future career,’ Brittany said.

And it’s so easy to apply. Brittany applied through the UC Careers page for Health WIL placements. Taylor saw the internship advertised through the UC Psychological Society Facebook page.

‘Be bold,’ Taylor advised. ‘If you have an idea of what you want to do, go for it. Research, talk to Careers UC.'

These internships may be the first unexpected step toward your career.

Words by Aline-Mwezi Niyonsenga