Transferring your WIL experience into work success

Reflecting on your WIL experience will help you generate great examples to include in your resume, job applications and job interviews, thus enabling you to transfer your experience into work success.

Let’s look at how to represent your WIL experience in each of these.

Resume

After you finish your WIL activity, you should add the information to your resume and online profile such as LinkedIn. When outlining your WIL experience in your resume, be sure to include the following (select each marker for an explanation):

Interviews

Being able to give examples from your WIL experiences will be a useful tool at future job interviews, especially if you don’t have a lot of other work experience. Interview questions about your work experience can be varied. They range from specific questions about what you did in a previous position to how your work experience will make you the best person to hire for the role you are interviewing for. Here are a few interview questions that you may be asked where you can draw upon your WIL experience:

  • Tell us about a recent experience where you demonstrated (X) skills?
  • Can you provide an example of a situation where you had to overcome an obstacle or challenge?
  • What skills and abilities have you developed that make you a good fit for this position?

The skills you have developed will be useful to whatever you end up doing next. You now have a new story to tell about what you did and the value it has added to you. Taking the time to really think about what you learned and experienced during a WIL activity can help you prepare to express yourself well to future employers. At a job interview, you need to provide good, solid evidence that you are an accomplished, knowledgeable, hard worker and show that you can bring these attributes to your future place of employment.

Let’s hear from some international WIL participants about the benefits they gained from completing a WIL activity.

Using the STAR model can be a useful tool when answering interview questions. STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result. Using this method and working through the STAR allows you to provide examples and proof of the experience and skills you have.

Preparing for your WIL Activity: Getting the most from your WIL experience

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