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Why You Should Get Some Work Experience

Abby Davies - Sunday, January 22, 2017

You’ve probably already heard lots at school or college about the importance of gaining work experience, but we know that lots of you are still unsure about the benefits of doing so. Here are some of the reasons that you should make sure you are taking part in work experience activities that will boost your CV and support your development.

Anybody is eligible to do work experience, regardless of age. It’s not limited to only while you are at school. The time period can also vary and can be anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks, depending on the individual and also the employer offering the opportunity. Some organisations will have dedicated time periods, such as the summer, where they offer work experience programs. You’ll need to do your research to find out which ones are available nearby that suit you and that you’re interested in.

If, like most students, you’ve never have a job before, gaining some great work experience can really give you an insight into what the working world is like and will mean that you are better prepared for when the time comes around! If there’s a particular industry or job that you’re interested in, work experience gives you the chance to try it out and get an insight into what it’s like before you fully commit to it. The working environment will be very different to what you’ve experienced before at school or college, but these opportunities can help you to discover if you are perhaps more suited to an office environment or something more active. Based on what you find out, you’ll be able to make more informed choices about your future career path.

Of course, work experience also looks great to any potential employers when you are later trying to get a job. Having evidence on your CV that you have taken the time to seek out opportunities that develop your skills and understanding show that you’ve thought about your future and that you are a proactive and motivated individual. Relevant experience will help you to differentiate yourself and stand out from competitors when applying for future roles.

Lastly, if you are successful and do find some work experience, then make sure you make the experience worthwhile! Ask lots of questions, as this will show the employer that you are eager to learn and get involved. Try and interact with lots of different people within the organisation you’re in, as this will give you a broader view of what the job or industry you are interested in is really like to work in! Finally, just make sure you enjoy it!

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