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Benefits of Work Experience

Why is Work Experience so important?

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Work Experience can be great fun, rewarding, challenging and exciting!

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Learning transferable workplace skills makes you more employable.

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Gaining experience of different types of employment can help you broaden your experience of the world; it helps see things from another person’s perspective. Many students are surprised how exhausting a working day can be compared to being a full-time student, for example.

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Work Experience is an excellent addition to your CV. Even the highest grades and most impressive extra-curricular activities can sometimes not be enough when employers are looking for the right person to employ – showing transferable work place skills can be really important.

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Work Experience is a great way to illustruate your personal qualities at interview or in a letter to an employer / univeristy: “When I worked abroad…” is a powerful opener to a paragraph!

What skills might I develop?

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Communication

Creativity

Dealing with customers

Independence

Industry specific skills

Problem Solving

Use of technology

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Time Management

Working in a team

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Data: Responses from 100 students in 2019 to the question “What 3 words describe your work experience placement?”

A survey of UK business leaders in 2017 found that 93% of  them want compulsory work experience reinstated in schools, five years after the coalition government scrapped it.

In addition, more than two-thirds (68%) agreed work experience helped prepare young people for the world of work, and more than half (57%) stated it helps instil a strong work ethic.

Asked about the main problem they encountered when hiring young people, more than one in three of these business decision makers (39%) said most applying for jobs have little or no experience in the workplace.

Source: Jonathan Owens TES November 2017