Work-Integrated Learning and Employability Building among International Students: Importance of Student Agency
Today’s labour market is characterised by rapid changes and accelerated competition, which requires individuals to exercise agency to ensure and develop employability across their career lifespan , . To prepare students for their transition into a competitive labour market, work-integrated learning (WIL) placements have been widely employed such that students are exposed to authentic workplace contexts . Learning in the workplace involves complicated person-organisation dynamics and therefore requires students to practise agency to maximise learning and subsequently build employability , , . Despite this, there is limited research on how international students exercise agency in WIL placements . This presentation discusses research findings regarding how international students exercise agency before and during WIL placements ,  , . Importantly, the presentation will introduce a research framework developed from theoretical and empirical research findings , , , , . The framework (re)conceptualises students’ agentic capital as a precursor to employability development. The presentation will conclude by discussing implications for research and practice that seeks to nurture international students’ agency for workplace learning and employability development.
Authors: Thai Vu, Subramaniam Ananthram
Published in: London International Conference on Education (LICE-2022)
- Date of Conference: 14-16 November 2022
- DOI: 10.20533/LICE.2022.0013
- ISBN: 978-1-913572-52-5
- Conference Location: Virtual (London, UK)