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International Students Employment and WIL Rewards Challenges


In electing to study at an overseas university, many international students are seeking to enhance their employability - for work in their home country, in Australia or elsewhere. Further, they see Australian work experience either during their studies or immediately after graduation - as critical to their educational objectives. What drives this demand? What issues do students encounter when seeking employment in Australia? What challenges are experienced by staff placing international students for WIL? How should universities respond? Learn about recent research in this area, see examples of good practice and hear perspectives from international students, international alumni, employers and university staff.

8:30-9:00 AM 9:00-9:10 AM 9:10-9:15 AM 9:15-9:45 AM Coffee, tea and networking Welcome & introductory remarks Event opening Summary of Current Research and Paper by Professor Michelle Barker: (Professor Barker will summarise current reseach on employers experiences / expectations of international graduates and profile preliminary outcomes from current relevant research projects) Student/Alumni Panel: International students and alumni share their experiences with WIL, mentoring and finding/maintaining employment. Morning Tea Employer Panel: Employers, WIL Practitioner and Supervisors, Mentors and WIL Supervisors share their experiences/perspectives on the challenges and rewards of working with international students/graduates. Cultural differences and career development: Ellen Gibson, Queensland University of Technology and Nicole Graham, Griffith University Good practice poster session and networking lunch Event close

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Grith Institute for Higher Education

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