How to source and network for WIL experiences

One of the first things you’ll need to do before you begin your WIL activity is to find out if your education provider will help you find a WIL experience or if you need to find the activity yourself.

If you are responsible for sourcing your activity, be sure to factor in the time it takes to find a role, apply and be successful.

If you need to source your WIL activity, you will need to ensure you look for opportunities in both the advertised labour market and the ‘hidden’ labour market.

The advertised labour market refers to jobs that are formally advertised online or elsewhere, such as:

  • LinkedIn
  • Seek
  • Student jobs board
  • Newspapers

The hidden labour market refers to non-advertised jobs that can be found through personal networks or direct contact with employers, such as:

  • Networking
  • Directly approaching employers: speculative applications or cold calling
  • Information interviewing: using networking skills to research potential WIL opportunities

Let’s find out how some other international students have found their WIL opportunities:

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WIL Preparation Checklist

As you prepare for your WIL experience, you will find this WIL preparation checklist to be a helpful tool for capturing information. Download the checklist here and you will be guided through filling it out as you proceed through the credential.

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Preparing for your WIL Activity: How to prepare for a WIL experience in Australia

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