One important way that you will learn from your WIL experience is through feedback.

Giving and receiving feedback is a regular part of professional working life. As a student it’s important that you see feedback as a chance to learn and improve. Both positive feedback and constructive feedback that suggests ways to improve are useful in helping you to increase your skill level.

Remember, your WIL activity is designed to practice and develop your skills and knowledge. Whilst there are some minimum levels of study you need to have completed before doing your WIL activity, you are not expected to be an expert in your area of study. This is an opportunity to learn in a real-life situation. During your WIL activity, you will have the opportunity to receive feedback. Make sure you’re proactive about asking your supervisor for feedback and ask them if they’d like to set up a regular time to talk through your work. This might include feedback on a particular task, a way of behaving or an attitude or your communication style. Be prepared to receive both positive and constructive feedback — both are an opportunity to learn.

Let’s check back in with previous WIL participants to hear about feedback they received as part of their WIL experience:

Depending on the type of WIL activity you are involved in, how you receive feedback will differ. Select each type of feedback for further explanation.
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This could take place in a regular catch up chat with your supervisor or might be more of a formal meeting at the end of your WIL experience with both your workplace and university supervisor.

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You may receive your WIL feedback within a written report as set out by your education provider requirements.

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Your feedback may be given and received online such as via email or via Skype.

Preparing for your WIL Activity: Getting the most from your WIL experience

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