Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at the University of Newcastle is highly valued by our students in preparing them to be career-ready and in providing them with a competitive advantage in the employment marketplace.
Students from across all Faculties and a diverse range of programs have an opportunity to take part in WIL, by applying their theoretical knowledge with the practice of work. WIL opportunities are embedded in more than 90 per cent of programs offered across all five faculties. It is not only tomorrow’s health professionals, engineers and teachers who can take part in WIL at the University of Newcastle. WIL courses are now included in programs such as drama, music and fine arts, information technology, business and law.
Creating career-ready graduates is at the heart of all WIL activities and is a key focus of the University of Newcastle. Graduate surveys conducted by the University reveal a high rate of student satisfaction amongst recent graduates with the work experience elements of their programs. University of Newcastle bachelor graduates on average are paid more for their first full-time job, compared to graduates of other Australian universities. Our graduates are highly sought by employers; in particular students who have studied programs traditionally associated with WIL. The Australian Graduate Survey shows 100 per cent of Newcastle’s chemical engineering and geology graduates found full-time work within four months of completing their studies.
Engaging with industry and the community is intrinsic to the University’s vision of working with our partners to deliver world class innovation to support the development of strong regional communities.
WIL partnerships also offer the a unique opportunity to consult directly with the organisations who hire our graduates, as a way to ensure that the degree programs offered across all Faculties teach our students the essential knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in their chosen careers, and in a rapidly changing world.