Developing students' professional identity

Room 605, Level 6, FBE Building

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Sonia Puglielli

+61 3 8344 3645

This workshop is focused on developing professional identity, a key element of student employability. It begins with situating professional identity development within the employability literature, discussing its importance for the ‘rounded’ graduate who is confident in pursuing their targeted career.

It examines how work experience, in particular Work-Integrated Learning (WIL), can be useful for identity construction among business students. Guidelines are provided on WIL design which will assist students in understanding their professional self.

An in-class activity is introduced which will help students to make sense of their experiences in the workplace and assist their transition from novice student to emerging professional as they prepare to enter the graduate labour market.

The workshop is targeted at those who interact with students who gain work experience during their university experience, ideally through volunteering and/or any form of WIL, including service learning, internships, and work placements.

Professor Denise Jackson
Associate Professor Denise Jackson


Dr Denise Jackson is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of Work-Integrated Learning programs in the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. Her research interests include graduate employment and underemployment, the transition from university to the workplace, career development learning, graduate employability and work-integrated