What are my options?
Work Integrated Learning (WIL), is an umbrella term used to describe a range of approaches that integrate theory with the practice of work within a purposefully designed curriculum.
Benefits of Work Integrated Learning and Placements
WIL and Placements give you the chance to:
- Develop work ready skills and boost your employability while you are studying
- Put theory into practice
- Be taught, mentored and supported by academics and experienced practitioners
- Network with colleagues and potential employers
- Get exposure to cutting-edge clinical skills and techniques
- Explore career options – find your passion!
Types of WIL and Placements
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and placements integrate educational theory and workplace experience, preparing you to be work-ready, world ready and future ready.
There are several placement options available to La Trobe University students:
Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
An optional practical learning opportunity that enables you to apply what you learn at university to real workplace and increase your employability once you have graduated. Many students undertake a Work Integrated Learning experience as an elective subject in their 2nd or 3rd year. Undertaken as part of your course in a work environment relevant to your study area, you will be expected to complete assessments based on your experience, and you will receive credit on successful completion of the subject. Many of our students find employment with their WIL employer post graduation.
Health Placement (sometimes referred to as "Clinical Placement")
A compulsory placement of practical work experience that is part of entry-to-practice courses undertaken within the School of Allied Health , School of Nursing and Midwifery, and the La Trobe Rural Health School. These clinical placements are undertaken with supervision in a health or human service environment and usually involve patient/client interaction as well as observation or simulation. Mandatory clinical experience is required for completion of courses and to be registered as a particular health practitioner.
Professional Experience Placement (e.g. Teacher Education)
A placement of practical work experience, undertaken with supervision. It provides you with an opportunity to learn from an experienced practitioner and develop your skills and knowledge in real-life work practices.
An optional practical learning opportunity that enables you to apply what you learn at university to real workplace and increase your employability once you have graduated. Undertaken alongside your studies, this type of placement allows you to gain experience and network in your chose field. This type of placement is not related to any academic subject therefore you are generally not expected to complete any assignments, and you would not be eligible to earn credit for this type of work placement. Volunteering and other not-for-credit opportunities can be a great way of getting some extra experience, or trying out something new while exploring career options.