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

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O'Shea, Annissa. 2013. "What is the impact of compulsory WIL experiences on undergraduate psychology students?" 48th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference (APS 2013): Psychology for a Healthy Nation. Cairns, Australia 08 - 12 Oct 2013 Melbourne, Australia.
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What is the impact of compulsory WIL experiences on undergraduate psychology students?

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AuthorO'Shea, Annissa
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 48th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference (APS 2013)
ERA Conference ID50300
Year2013
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
Conference/Event48th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference (APS 2013): Psychology for a Healthy Nation
Australian Psychological Society (APS) Annual Conference
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48th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference (APS 2013): Psychology for a Healthy Nation
Event Date
08 to end of 12 Oct 2013
Event Location
Cairns, Australia
Event Details
Australian Psychological Society (APS) Annual Conference
APS Annual Conference
Abstract

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.

Keywordspsychology graduates; work experience; practice placement; interviewing skills; work integrated learning
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440902. Counselling, wellbeing and community services
390114. Vocational education and training curriculum and pedagogy
520399. Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Psychology and Counselling
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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