The role of work-integrated learning in the development of entrepreneurs

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Journal Publication | By Judene Pretti (University of Waterloo), Patricia Parrott (Harper Adams University, Great Britain), Katharine Hoskyn (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand), Anne-Marie Fannon (University of Waterloo), Dana Church (University of Waterloo) and Christine Arsenault (University of Toronto Scarborough)

Key points

  • This study explored the ways that work-integrated learning (WIL) influences the development of entrepreneurs.
  • Seven alumni from Canada and the United Kingdom, who experienced differing forms of WIL during their degree, participated in qualitative in-depth interviews and provided rich pictures.
  • Several themes emerged including seizing opportunities, thinking “outside the box”, being resilient during difficult times, and the importance of networks.
  • The influence of WIL was important for all participants and provided the framework of support that enabled the participants to manage difficult times and turn disruption into opportunity.