Work Experience

Work experience

Work experience is a great way to impress future employers as well as university and college admissions. Work experience is important whether you want to stay on in education or get a job. It shows people that you’ve thought about what you want to do and that you have a realistic idea of what working life is like. It also gives you a chance to discover what you enjoy doing.

It will give you a good opportunity to gain useful skills and experience working with a range of people from all sorts of different backgrounds.

Some work experience placements might give you the opportunity to take on some really interesting and challenging responsibilities or a specific project and although some work experience may involve doing menial tasks, it can still be very important.

 

Where should I do work experience?

Finding work experience takes a bit of hard work and research. Below are some suggestions that can help you to find a placement that suits your interests:

  • Talk to your teachers about the kinds of subjects you enjoy and ask them if they can think of related careers
  • Think about the type of company or organisation you might like to work in and then check out if there are any in your area
  • Talk to your parents and your friends parents for ideas of organisations you might like to work in. Tell them you are looking for work experience – they may well be able to help
  • Make contact with your school or college careers advisor or the National Career Service.

 

Below are some great reasons to do work experience:

  • You are more likely to be successful in your job hunt if you have got some good work experience
  • Doing work experience shows the employer that you are motivated to get into a chosen career and that you’ve done your homework
  • It’ll help you to get a real sense of your chosen industry. You’ll get to speak to employees and ask them questions
  • It’ll help you identify your own skills and highlight the areas that you might want to work on. It’ll give you a good understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses
  • Work experience introduces you to the world of work. You get to learn the dos and don’ts, get work place ready and learn about the way business works as well as the workplace politics and etiquette
  • If you haven’t got any idea about what career you want to do, it’s a way of exploring different jobs without actually committing to anything
  • It’ll help you build up contacts and they might even give you a heads up about a future job or recommend you to another company
  • You might get yourself a job!

There are several ways of getting work experience apart from the traditional block work experience that tends to happen through school.

You might want to consider doing some volunteering

If you are looking to continue your education and going to college there are a number of courses and qualifications that include work experience. Visit the Landex website for more information.

You could consider doing an apprenticeship which gives you an opportunity to start earning while you are learning. Visit the apprenticeships website for more details.

If you are a graduate you could also consider taking an internship.