Employers want more than a degree; they look for a range of relevant skills and experiences
The Value of Work Experience
- It can make your CV stand out.
- You develop key skills that will make you more employable.
- Can offer you an opportunity to put theory from your course into practice.
- Allows you to network with employers.
- It's an opportunity to identify jobs that aren't always advertised.
- Get a work based reference - vital for your CV.
Types of Work Experience
- Voluntary work: Unpaid time spent working for an organisation, often a charity.
- Vacation Placements: experience undertaken during university holidays.
- Work Shadowing observing someone during their working day - can usually last between 1 day and 1 week.
- Industrial/Sandwich placements are a great way to immerse yourself in a specific role and industry.
- Internships these are an opportunity to work in an organisation.
We've put together a whole collection of resources that will aid you get that ever-valuable work experience, these resources contain the following content:
- Getting a job with no prior experience
- General job seeking tips
- Our guide on getting a part time job
- Using social media platofmrs to find a job or work experience
All this much more, available here.
Speculative applications information booklet
Have a look at our Speculative Applications booklet for advice on how to be more proactive in finding experience, this can be helpful if you are looking to apply to a company that isn't currently advertising a vacancy.
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