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Finding work experience and volunteering opportunities

Why is Work Experience important?

Whilst you are studying at University it is also important for you to gain and develop key skills. Devloping key skills is vital in order to make you more employable once you have graduated – key skills are great to note on your CV and also a topic of conversation during an interview.

Work experience gives you real-life employability skills that are invaluable when applying and getting interviewed for a job once you have graduated. Employers expect a range of skills when they recruit graduates; skills will vary between different sectors of jobs but will normally include things like working as part of a team, problem solving, analytical skills, basic computer use, office environment awareness and commercial awareness. By taking action early in your time at University you will be able to stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs.

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What are the different types of Work Experience?

There are many different types of work experience looking for people to help them out as well as help you and it is important to understand which is right for you, whether it’s paid or unpaid, formal or informal. Another large factor into finding work experience is how much time you have to dedicate to it. Here is a list of different types of work experience and what they involve -

  • Part-time work – This is most usually paid work which can be undertaken during your time at university, which can help you develop a broad range of employability skills as well as put a bit of extra money in your pocket.
  • Voluntary work – This is could be paid or unpaid work that you undertake in your own spare time,  this type of work experience is highly dependant on how much time you can spare.
  • Work placements –This could be paid or unpaid work that takes place in the summer or Christmas vacation period.
  • Internships – This is usually paid work within an organisation for a short period of time, undertaken towards the end of your studies. This will give you the opportunity to gain a high-level of experience in a job that relates to your chosen career goal.
  • Holiday work – This is paid work that can be either part-time or temporary during holiday periods from University or college, which can help you broaden your experience.

It is up to you how you choose which type of work experience is best for you but any type of experience listed above can offer the vital skills you need for the future when sourcing a job.


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