What is the point of work experience?
All year 10’s attend a week of work experience. This is a fantastic opportunity to try out a possible career, gain confidence, and make contacts.
Work Experience helps to give you the skills and confidence to cope in the work place, a taste of what it is like to work in your chosen field, and shows you what getting up and going to work each morning is like in general. Being able to illustrate that you have actual experience in the type of work you think you would like to specialise in, will help you gain course placements and part-time employment. You will be able to build up useful contacts and may even be offered a part time job or an apprenticeship. Remember the employer does not get paid to look after you for the week, employers take part because they want to help young people get a good start – so you have to make sure you are committed and enthusiastic and will not waste the employer’s time.