Katelyn Chan, a student at Western University Ivey Business School, gained valuable real-world experience through Riipen, a work-integrated learning (WIL) program called Level UP. The WIL initiative allows students to work with technology companies during their studies, offering hands-on experience in areas such as social media marketing. Academic institutions like the University of Toronto are embracing WIL opportunities to better prepare students for the ever-changing job market and reduce barriers for underrepresented groups. Employers benefit from fresh perspectives, new ideas, and potential future hires.
Chan says joining the Level UP program has been a valuable addition to her education process. “It definitely built my confidence and broadened my outlook on what I want to do,” she added. “This is something I wouldn’t have been able to get from a classroom.”