What is the impact of compulsory WIL experiences on undergraduate psychology students?

O'Shea, Annissa (2013) What is the impact of compulsory WIL experiences on undergraduate psychology students? In: 48th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference (APS 2013): Psychology for a Healthy Nation, 8-12 Oct 2013, Cairns, Australia.


Historically, undergraduate psychology degrees in Australia have tended to focus primarily on developing within students the graduate attributes of critical thinking,
research training and knowledge of psychological theory, while the development of practical skills, and experience in rehearsing these skills is undertaken during
postgraduate training. However, only a relatively small proportion of students studying undergraduate psychology continue into postgraduate training. Students exiting at the
end of their third year and moving into roles within psychology-related industries need to be as prepared as possible for engaging with the work opportunities available to them upon completing their qualification. To address this, a number of Australian universities are implementing Work Integrated Learning initiatives at the undergraduate level. This paper will focus on the impact on third year psychology students of undertaking workbased placements with regard to student attitudes towards their transition into employment, occupational self-efficacy, career adaptability, recognition and practise of psychological literacies, development and practise of generic employability skills and of professional skills and identity. The reported results from these measures will be used to further develop more informed and relevant learning outcomes for undergraduate WIL programs.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Speech)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology, Counselling and Community
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2015 22:53
Last Modified: 15 May 2017 23:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: psychology graduates; work experience; practice placement; interviewing skills; work integrated learning
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26527

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