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Work experience is designed to bridge the gap between education and the world of work. It can help inform career choices, provide the opportunity for you to prove yourself to an employer, and help instil the attitudes and behaviours expected at work.

Work experience can take many forms including work tasters; running a student enterprise; participation in social action, volunteering or a work placement.

Work placements will usually take place with an external employer and they are an integral part of traineeships, supported internships and some study programmes, where work experience is the core aim. Work placements can also form an essential element of some vocational qualifications

Benefits of work experience

  • Gain insight into the world of work

  • Develops your skills

  • It adds to your CV

  • Helps you in interviews

  • It can get you a job

  • Helps you figure out what you like and don’t like

  • Gets your foot in the door

  • Gives you practical knowledge

  • Increases your motivation to do well

  • It puts school in perspective

What is a virtual work experience?

Also referred to as online, remote or e-experience, virtual work experience gives students the opportunity to complete a full employer engagement from home, in most cases using nothing but a laptop. Online work experience is open to all and for the majority of opportunities, all you need to get involved in is access to a computer and a stable internet connection.

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