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Why Work Experience?
Employers and educational institutions all have their own entry requirements and application processes but the feedback we have received from all of them, tells us they value work experience immensely.
Outstanding academic grades are obviously imperative, however, in a competitive labour market, employers and education providers are also looking to find someone who has experience of working in an adult environment and can evidence skills and qualities that they have developed from this experience.
Work experience is confidence building and gives you the chance to explore an industry of interest, to discover first hand if it would suit you as an individual and is the right career path for you.
Please find below an example CV and example cover letter along with guidance on how to complete these. As work experience can be difficult to secure in the current climate, please do not forget to use your network of friends and family; employers often like it if the student has links with their firm already. You may also consider asking to ‘work-shadow’ or for a shorter period of time as this may be easier for the employer to honour.
In addition to work experience, you may wish to enhance your employability skills through undertaking a free online course in a subject or interest of via getting involved in volunteering or Social Enterprise locally.