The Impact of WIL and Employability

Related Activities on Graduate Outcomes

22 August 2021

11:30am AEST


22 August 2021


11:30am AEST



This webinar is the second in a series focused on the impact of WIL on graduate employability and employment. It draws on the responses of approximately 80,000 graduates who completed the ACEN WIL questions in the 2020 Graduate Outcomes Survey. The session will explore the impact of different types of WIL (workplace-based, non-workplace based and global) on graduate perceptions of how well their course prepared them for their current job. It will first look at the development of graduate attributes at university, those being foundation (e.g. communication, numeracy), adaptive (e.g. problem-solving, capacity for independent working, driving change and innovation) and collaborative (e.g. working with diverse others) skills. Second, the webinar will explore whether participation in different WIL activities influenced how graduates feel their course prepared them, overall, for their current job. The presenters will summarise key findings and consider some potential strategies that may help institutions in enhancing their students’ preparedness for future employment.


Associate Professor Denise Jackson (ECU)

Professor Denise Jackson

Director, Work-Integrated Learning, the School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University

Professor Denise Jackson is the Director of Work-Integrated Learning in the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University, Perth. Denise is focused on preparing students for future work and career through embedding meaningful industry and community engagement into the curriculum, as well as providing access to a range of employability-related activities. Denise’s work has been recognised by a number of research and teaching and learning awards, most recently a national Award for Teaching Excellence and the James W. Wilson Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research in the Field of Cooperative Education. Denise sits on the National Board for the Australian Collaborative Education Network and a number of editorial boards for journals in higher education.

Bonnie Design

Dr Bonnie Dean

Senior Lecturer, Curriculum Manager/ UOW WIL Advisory Committee, University of Wollongong

With a background in academic development, curriculum design, marketing and creative arts, Bonnie has spent time designing, facilitating and researching Work-Integrated Learning and is currently leading WIL Pedagogy initiatives at the University of Wollongong. Bonnie is a Senior Lecturer and has a PhD in the area of learning on placement in WIL. Bonnie has published in higher education journals and is Associate Editor of The International Journal of Academic Development, has co-edited a Special Issue in JUTLP on the topic of non-placement WIL in 2020, and is currently co-editing a special issue on Indigenous WIL in IJWIL. Bonnie is Chair of the ACEN NSW/ACT State Chapter and sits on the ACEN Board of Directors.


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