Work experience is a great way to gain practical insight into a certain role or industry alongside developing important skills employers look for in a potential employee.
The importance of work experience is reflected by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills’ findings that 29% of employers report work experience as crucial, with an additional 45% saying it is significant. Furthermore, it also reported students who partake in work experience are more likely to be employed in a professional or managerial role within two and a half years after graduation. Therefore, it is a great way of securing a future employment position and reaching your future career potential.
It is important to note that work experience can be undertaken by anyone at any stage of their career but is particularly beneficial to those who have an absence of experience in the world of work.
There are so many benefits to obtaining work experience, such as:
With all the uncertainty surround the impact of Covid-19, 49% of employers have had to adjust the way they intend to offer work experience to students this year.
The Graduate Market reports that 34% will be offering work experience online, 20% are delaying start dates and 19% are reducing the length of programmes. Although this could be seen as a negative, it shows that employers are doing all they can to provide work experience opportunities despite the current situation we all find ourselves in, and further highlights the level of value placed upon it.
With various work experience opportunities to choose from, we have compiled information on each one, so you have to look no further.
We recommend you visit our page on internships to find out more about what this opportunity can offer, including the debate around paid vs non-paid.
We have a great list of recommended summer jobs, to help you decide which option is best suited to you.
If you are looking for a different sort of experience expansion, particularly relating to further education, visit our undergraduate page, postgraduate page or apprenticeship page.
And lastly, if you are seeking specific information for your local area, visit our page on Finding Help in Your Local Area.