Work experience is an essential and mandatory part of your course. You will be expected to complete between 35 to 100 hours depending on your course.
What is work experience?
Work experience is an excellent opportunity to work within an industry of your choice and learn new skills.
You will work on junior-level tasks for the purpose of gaining experience and insight into the industry. Placements are unpaid but offer a taste of what a job or workplace is like. Work experience is always viewed favourably by employers and it can help you decide your future career.
Benefits of Work Experience
Develop Employability Skills
You’ll develop a range of skills and competencies that employers are looking for when they are recruiting. These skills include initiative and enterprise, problem-solving, communication skills, teamwork and interpersonal skills.
Test your career choices
You’ll get a real sense of your chosen career path whilst identifying your strengths and weaknesses. You will also get the opportunity to ask employers any questions you may have about the industry.
Demonstrate passion and interest
Evidence that you have done work experience shows employers that you are motivated to get into your chosen career and that you’ve done your homework.
Network, enter the job market
Learn from others who have years of experience in the industry. You might even find out about jobs that may not be advertised on the open market.
Part-time, weekend or evening work is often offered after placements have been completed.
Make your CV stand out from the crowd
With an increasing number of people looking for work, it is essential that you stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs. Employers have become increasingly demanding when it comes to the qualities and skills they expect from new recruits.
Once you have completed your work experience, your CV will demonstrate that you have been proactive and developed transferable skills that will make you stand out.
Where to find work experience opportunities?
Begin to Google search careers and jobs within your sector of interest. Contact employers and ask if there are any work experience opportunities. Your tutor may be able to help point you in the right direction.
If you have any difficulties finding suitable work experience or if you need advice, contact your job coaches.
For new work experience opportunities, please see BDC Online.