Leong, Raymond and Kavanagh, Marie (2010) A work integrated learning (WIL) framework to incorporate accounting graduate skills and attributes through accounting and business courses. In: ACEN 2010: Work Integrated Learning (WIL): Responding to Challenges , 29 Sep-1 Oct 2010, Perth, Australia.
For many years, emphasis has been placed on the production of 'work ready' graduates competent in their disciplinary field and able to cope in a changing work environment. Graduates must be able to proactively navigate the world of work and self-manage the career building process. Universities are being placed under increasing pressure to produce employable graduates with governments making public funding for universities contingent upon demonstrable graduate outcomes. At USQ Springfield, undergraduate students in commerce and business have the opportunity to experience Work Integrated Learning (WIL) as part of their learning.
Through careful planning, implementation and assessments in three accounting/business courses in the WIL framework, students are encouraged to build essential knowledge and skills and enjoy a great education experience. They learn that to be successful in the working environment, they will need to be equipped with not only technical skills but transferable generic skills like communications, teamwork and problem-solving that can be applied to a variety of workplace situations.
This framework incorporates many aspects of employable skills and attributes expected of a university graduate from business and commerce programs. It narrows the expectations gap between industry and academia and produce graduates that are more readily employable, adaptable and positive contributors in the workplace.
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