Work experience can really help you stand out from the crowd and give you the edge in future job applications. There are many different types of work experience; from work shadowing, to volunteering and structured internships.
Getting work experience will help you to:
Work experience can really help you stand out from the crowd and give you the edge in future job applications. There are many different types of work experience; from work shadowing, to volunteering and structured internships. Opportunities are advertised on MyCareerHub or EUSA volunteering.
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Mathilda Heyman of Bright Green Business talks about the value of work experience.
Giving up your time to volunteer is a great way of giving back to the community, but the benefits don’t stop there. It will also enable you to try new areas of work and build your skills and confidence. Times are flexible and there are opportunities available throughout the year.
A great way to earn money and develop valuable skills such as time management, team working and communications, all of which you’ll need to demonstrate to future employers. Work part time while studying and pick up more hours during vacation.
An opportunity for first or second year students to spend time in a company for 1-5 days usually over Spring vacation. Generally unpaid, but will often cover travel expenses. A great introduction to internships. Advertised in semester one find them by searching “insight week” on MyCareerHub.
This can give you a taste of what it’s like to work in a particular job or environment. Although you may not get involved in the day-to-day work, you can still observe and ask questions.
These are structured work experience programmes available for students and graduates.
You can gain experience working on projects integrated into your degree that give you the opportunity to work with an outside organisation.
Employers may offer unpaid work experience, before you take up the opportunity, it is important to be aware of your rights. The Careers Service will advertise some short-term opportunities (less than 4 weeks) that offer students a quality experience that is similar to work shadowing with charities or non-profit organisations. We do this to ensure you have access to work experience where you have been unable to secure paid work and can do this in an informed way.
Reflecting on your experience will help you to consider what skills you are developing. Undertaking an Edinburgh Award can give you a structure to do this, or use our online tools.