Work Experience: Benefiting anyone at any stage

If you are looking for work, getting back into the world of work, or a student looking for your first job; lacking work experience can be a huge hurdle. You can gain valuable experience and develop skills through work experience that may make you more attractive to employers and can help open doors for future career prospects.

Who can take part in Work Experience?

Students and young people aren't the only ones who can benefit from work experience. Adults can also benefit from the program if you're unemployed, want a career change, are looking for your first job, or returning to work after a long break? Work experience is a useful tool to use when exploring the possibilities.

Types of Work Experience:

Informal work experience can be organised through relatives or acquaintances. For example, a pupil could organise their own experience over a summer holiday period or help at a friend’s shop.

Formal schemes are normally aimed at a group of people whether that is year 10 pupils, college students, or unemployed adults. It can be organised through schools, colleges, universities, or employers.

Benefits of Work Experience

It’s a fantastic opportunity to see if a career change is right for you. Although work experience tends to be unpaid the benefits are clear.

  • Allows you to explore the kind of work you'd like to go into before applying for a new job, vocational course, college, and university.
  • Work experience is for anyone, of any age. If you fancy a career change or want to get back into work, then it’s an amazing way to kickstart your career.
  • Work experience allows you to learn new skills or build on existing ones, this can help boost confidence!
  • Work experience enables people to show employers what you are capable of, they might even consider them when a job becomes available.
  • Work experience can give you a reference for your next job.

Use Work Experience to better yourself

By participating in work experience not only do you gain employability skills that are attractive to employers, but you also find out more about your future career preferences. It can help you to identify your strength, weakness, and interests. Being able to highlight these factors allows you to challenge yourself in areas you feel you need improvement in which can help you to be the best version of yourself.

Ways to get Work Experience:

  • Volunteering
  • Part-time jobs
  • Helping friends or family with a business
  • Through your school, college, or university.
  • Virtual work experience through an employer.
  • Traineeships/ Internships
  • Apprenticeships
  • You might want to write a letter to a company you would like to work for.

Work experience can benefit anyone, at any age no matter what career you are in or what career you are interested in. If you think work experience might be right for you, why not get in touch with an Inspira adviser for free 1:1 support in your next steps?

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