Are you unsure of what job you might enjoy? Do you need to increase your current level of experience? Work experience is an opportunity for you to discover your talents and find an area of interest. This can be in any industry. And, through a short period of unpaid employment, you can gain new and relevant skills for future employment. You may even make some important decisions about your future!
During secondary school, work experience is often set up for students by their teachers as a way of introducing them to the working world. But, you can get involved with work experience as a young adult and adult too.
What are the benefits?
1. A period of work experience can be added to your digital profile on Yondur. This will look fantastic to employers because it shows passion, enthusiasm and dedication. Employers are more likely to hire a candidate if they have work experience compared to a candidate without.
2. Increase your skill set and identify what areas need improvement. This experience can help you recognise your skills and highlight specific areas that need work.
3. It’s a chance to experience different roles to find out what you might want to do in the future. Some people have plans for their careers, some don’t know, it’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do. It means you can try lots of new things!
4. Build valuable people skills. You can improve communication skills and boost your self-confidence by working with other people. These are valuable skills for the future, for making friends and building relationships.
5. Work experience prepares you for the working world. By gently easing you into employment and learning relevant skills, you’ll be ready for a full-time job when you leave
Types of work experience
- Secondary school work experience or shadowing – these roles often last a couple of days to a week. This is organised by your teachers, helping you to discover what sparks your interest. Work shadowing is a little different, it involves you observing an employee to see what their role entails – the tasks and responsibilities, without the physical labour of a job.
- Volunteering – Similar to work experience, it’s unpaid and increases your skills. It will look excellent on your Yondur digital profile. These roles are ideal for those wanting to make a positive impact on society and the environment. They are often in the charity sector, some organisations offering volunteering roles are Cancer Research UK, The National Trust and The Princes Trust.
- Internships – If you are a student or graduate looking for experience in a specific industry to help boost your career, an internship may be perfect for you. They can last for a couple of months to a year. These roles are paid (some are not, but we don’t endorse unpaid internships) and can lead you to a permanent role in the future!
- Sandwich degrees – These degrees last for 4 years instead of 3 because they allow you to partake in a placement year. They are built into your course, normally running between your second and final year. These roles will give you relevant skills and experience in your chosen field.
- Other forms of experience include extracurricular activities, personal projects and fundraising. These all give you a unique edge when applying for roles!
Work experience isn’t only for teenagers and young adults. There are government schemes in place to help those above 24 gain work-related skills. These schemes began in January 2011 as part of the Get Britain Working initiative. In the Employment Schemes Official Statistics, it found out that there were 730,130 work experience starts between January 2011 and November 2017.
So, work experience is a common way to help you enter the workplace with the best skill set possible!