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Preparing for WIL : online career development for IT students

Coldwell-Neilson, Jo and Craig, Annemieke 2012, Preparing for WIL : online career development for IT students, in ACEN 2012 : Collaborative education, investing in the future : Proceedings of the 2012 Australian Collaborative Education Network national conference, Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN), Melbourne, Vic., pp. 37-41.

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Title Preparing for WIL : online career development for IT students
Author(s) Coldwell-Neilson, JoORCID iD for Coldwell-Neilson, Jo orcid.org/0000-0002-3602-8334
Craig, AnnemiekeORCID iD for Craig, Annemieke orcid.org/0000-0003-4295-7428
Conference name Australian Collaborative Education Network. Conference (2012 : Geelong, Vic.)
Conference location Geelong, Vic.
Conference dates 29 Oct -2 Nov. 2012
Title of proceedings ACEN 2012 : Collaborative education, investing in the future : Proceedings of the 2012 Australian Collaborative Education Network national conference
Editor(s) Campbell, Matthew
Publication date 2012
Conference series Australian Collaborative Education Network Conference
Start page 37
End page 41
Total pages 5
Publisher Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN)
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) career development
generic skills
graduate attributes
Summary This paper reports on an online unit that enhances IT students’ generic skills. Frequently IT students, even those with a strong technical background and a high academic record, can be unsuccessful at obtaining work placements as they stumble at the interview stage due to a lack of social or professional skills. A simulation was created that enables students to enhance their employability and to prepare for transition to work integrated learning (WIL) through realistic interview preparation. The simulation utilizes a synchronous communication tool to conduct behavioural group interviews with expert careers advisors. The impact of this new initiative is explored and feedback received from faculty, careers advisors and students during three trimesters is discussed. The findings suggest that incorporating WIL through the simulation has been a success by at least raising students’ awareness of the importance and significance of being well prepared for job interviews.
Language eng
Field of Research 080699 Information Systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051362

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