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Adapting to a New Norm: Remote Work-Integrated Learning

Work-Integrated Learning is a major component of Humber’s programs and strong relationships with industry partners have made for a smooth process. With the onset of the pandemic and many businesses closing indefinitely, the process has become much more challenging. Placement Advisors are working with employers and alumni to explore options such as mentorship for students, safe on-site work, and remote work.

For students like Rebecca Bocchinfuso, a remote field placement has proven challenging as well as rewarding. Bachelor of Paralegal Studies degree student, Rebecca, secured a work-integrated learning opportunity with Rogerson Law Group, a niche law firm specializing in Asset Protection and Estates Law.

The firm provided Rebecca with a remote desktop to access all of the files as her main duties involve assembling, drafting, and redacting large documents for upcoming trials. Teleconferencing is also a vital job component to keep abreast of the firm’s activities while maintaining contact with her supervisor and colleagues as they help her navigate her role.

“The whole experience has equipped me with much better computer skills that I otherwise may not have learned for years”, Rebecca explains while reflecting on her new role. “Overall, the experience has been a challenge, and every day we are persevering. The more problems I face, the more I learn.”

During these unique times, it would be ideal if all students could participate in similar work-integrated learning experiences, which are both beneficial and educational. The WIL Centre welcomes all job leads and networking opportunities to support students.

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