Sometimes the only way you can truly get a feel for whether a certain job is right for you is by trying it out. Short term work experience placements are a great way for students to start building their skills and knowledge of different jobs and companies. Yes some types of work will involve doing menial or repetitive tasks but these are still equally important to the function and success of a business.
We encourage all students in years 10 & 12 to take up the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement during the summer term. There are so many benefits to work experience such as:
- Work experience gives you the opportunity to take on some really interesting challenges and responsibilities which you may not have encountered before.
- It’s the best way to get a real sense of your chosen industry. You’ll get to speak to employees and ask them questions. You won’t know what it’s like until you get closer to the action.
- You are able to get a feel for a particular role or company, without a long term commitment.
- It will look good on your CV and you are more likely to be successful in obtaining a job if you have previous experience to talk about and draw upon.
- It will help you build professional contacts and if it is an industry you wish to pursue in the future then by making a good impression and staying in touch this could put you in an ideal position when vacancies become available.
- It can help you to identify new skills or even highlight others you would like to develop.
- Doing work experience and finding something you like will help you to focus on a career path. There is no limit to how many you can undertake.
Work experience gently introduces you to the world of work. You get to learn the do’s and don’ts, get work place know-how and learn to navigate your way through the maze of office politics. Most importantly it will give you an idea of what the role and company is like, help you to understand the skills that are needed and give you a taster of what is it like having work-based responsibilities.