Work experience can give you an insight into a career,
enable you to build necessary skills and knowledge and show that
you are reliable, proactive and willing to learn.
It can help you make useful contacts for the future and
sometimes even lead to a job offer. Employers are increasingly
looking for people with relevant work experience; in fact, entry
into some fields is practically impossible without it!
It is never too early to arrange some work experience. Your
first year or second year is an excellent time to build your
experience as, later on, it is likely that you will have a heavier
university workload and you will be busy applying for graduate jobs
or postgraduate courses. There are some schemes specifically
for new graduates.
Your experience could be anything from a year long, structured
sandwich year placement to a day of work shadowing. The length of
your work experience really depends on your personal circumstances
and the requirements of the employer.
Employers wishing to offer students or graduates work
experience often advertise via the following sites and schemes:
Every year some of the larger, well known companies recruit
sandwich year students for their industrial placements. Some also
run shorter work experience or work tasters, often in the summer
holidays. Use the Prospects and
graduate directories (available in print and online) and the free
brochures in the Careers Centre to search for companies of
Also have a look at our careers information related to your
subject and contact Charge, a University of Wolverhampton student
society which can help you arrange visits to employers.
Useful information can be found on the National Council
for Work Experience and also consider speaking to a Careers Adviser who can
suggest ways of getting work experience to enhance your career
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