Work Experience, Internships and Apprenticeships
Your future career isn’t just about your degree. You need to show your future employer that you have the necessary practical skills to succeed, and some aspects you will need to learn by yourself, by experiencing it.
Work Experience is common in most English speaking countries and you can start thinking about this from the age of 16.
Normally these experiences are done throughout the summer.
For your academic path
This is a great option for a gap year so you can explore different areas and decide what to go for!
It’s a formal, structured work experience.
Schemes will often be designed to allow you to gain knowledge of various departments and focus on a project.
Doing a placement gets your foot in the door, as many recruit from their placements. You will have the opportunity to work on a project will equip you with the skills that you can use as evidence of your suitability for the job in the future. Normally work experiences are paid but you need to clarify beforehand with the employer.
These demand a high calibre of applicant and it is a competitive application.
In some cases the pay is good and you will get to do various projects in a real time environment! You will also get to meet a lot of people employed in the roles you desire and see everyone in action.
Apply early to make sure you guarantee a place.
Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience. Anyone living in England, over 16 years old and not in full-time education can apply to be an apprentice, they must receive the appropriate national minimum wage and should work for at least 30 hours per week.
Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher (degree) level, covering more than 170 industries and 1500 job roles, from advertising to youth work via environmental engineering and nuclear decommissioning.
So, what you want to do? Let us know…