Work experience is a great addition to your CV. It can help to demonstrate your capabilities and commitment to an employer, and can support your job, university, or apprenticeship application by highlighting skills that are both relevant and transferable to what you are applying for.
Here are five advantages of work experience:
Enhance your competitive edge
Show that you have been proactive - with so much competition for jobs and apprenticeships it’s important to stand out from the crowd. School or college leavers will not have much previous experience in the roles they’re applying for, but if you have undertaken some work experience, in a related industry – this can make a big difference to both your application and your confidence in the role you are applying for.
Transferable skills employers want
Communication skills, team work, problem solving, motivation and time management are all soft skills; essential in the workplace and valued by employers
A taste of industry
Shadowing and observing colleagues – and asking questions, will give you the opportunity to find out first-hand if the job is for you. Work experience can support you in deciding if a role or industry is a good fit for you. Increased workplace confidence and sector knowledge leads to informed choices - helping you to decide on the type of job, apprenticeship or course
Build relationships for the future
Online platforms like LinkedIn allow you to network and build relationships with industry professionals. Representing yourself in a positive and professional manner can lead to increased opportunities for job advancement both internally and externally
Along with the soft skills and technical skills you’ll develop on work placement, you’ll have the chance to build your confidence in a working environment and enhance your communication skills. By reflecting on everything you achieved during your placement, you will enhance your professional development and this will set you apart from less-experienced peers.