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.
Experian Virtual Work Experience
Take part in problem solving exercises, pick up interview techniques and have your questions answered in our Q&A with apprentices and graduates.
Tuesday 15th December 10am – 3pm
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NCW WOW Show
During the current COVID-19 crisis, it may not be possible to access your work experience or have to so the NCW WOW Show - CareersCast Q&A is now available to view and may help you!
You can access the NCW WOW Show here.
This is the follow up programme to our It’s Your Future show produced for National Careers Week and where the employers featured in the NCW show were able to talk to students directly to answer their questions and provide key information and website links.
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
- Personal Development
- 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.
Virtual Work Experience Programme 2020
Are you aged 18 - 24 years old? Have you recently left education?
Join our digital employability programme.
The food and grocery industry is innovative and growing, with job opportunities for everyone. This is an incredible chance to meet with industry professionals. Hear their stories, ask their advice and pitch them your ideas!