Work experience

Gaining relevant work experience alongside your studies is very important in order to enter most jobs or careers.

This is because although your studies will show that you have certain relevant skills and knowledge, most jobs will also require you to demonstrate some relevant experience.

If you have a particular career in mind, work experience can also be a really good way of checking whether or not you will actually enjoy a particular job.

Kinds of Work Experience

Work experience can be undertaken as part of your course (normally called a work placement) or be set up independently. It may be done around your studies or during vacations. Work experience may last anything from one or two days (common for work shadowing) up to several months. It may be paid or unpaid.

Other useful ways of gaining experience include volunteering, taking part in a club or society or becoming actively involved in the life of your college and university by, for example, becoming a course representative.

Further Information

Remember that students and graduates (within two years of graduation) can also discuss options for work experience with our careers adviser, you can submit an enquiry through our Contact Us service.