What is the aim of work experience?
Work experience gives you a taster of what it’s like to work in the particular industry you are
interested in and can help you decide if it’s the right path.
When you apply for jobs it can provide invaluable experience to add to your CV which could
set you above other candidates on applications and at interviews.
What will you learn?
Not only will you gain an invaluable insight into the industry you are interested in but it will
– Become more confident
– Become more independent
– Develop your skills
What is expected from you?
Employers won’t expect you to know it all – they are interested in your general abilities to:
– Work with others
– Communicate effectively
– Turn up on time and be reliable
– Have a positive attitude and be enthusiastic
– Use your initiative
– Manage yourself well
– Make every effort to attend your placement, if you are unable to attend make sure
you call the employer and explain why first thing in the morning!
– Show respect for your colleagues and work environment
Did you know…
42% of people on work experience were offered a job at the end of their placement – around
two thirds of people who got a job with a different employer said the sector-based work
academies helped them get the job (Gov.uk, 2015)
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