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Work Experience

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.

Getting work experience / getting a job

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.


Have a look at our list of work experience opportunities within top companies 

Find out about undergraduate internships in local SMES

Have a look at the Students' Union's Volunteering Opportunities

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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