Building blocks of relevant work learning experiences

Two students and a professor working through a problem on a glass whiteboard

Journal publication | By David Drewery and Judene Pretti (2021)

Key points:

  • Relevant work experiences are central to the success of work-integrated learning (WIL) programs. This study explores students' previous experiences to identify the "building blocks" of relevant WIL work experiences.
  • A thematic analysis of interview transcripts identified four building blocks of relevance: social integration, optimal challenge, congruence with field of work, and acquisition of knowledge and skills.
  • Implications of these building blocks for WIL stakeholders seeking to create desirable work experiences, especially employers and employer-facing staff, are discussed.

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