Why should I do a work placement?

  1. Find out what the job is really like. The good, the bad, and the ugly. This will help you work out if it’s really the job for you.

  2. They can help you to get your foot in the door. It’s an opportunity to show the company what you’re capable of and you might end up with a job as a result.

  3. Meet people in the industry. Even if you don’t get a job out of it, you’ll get to meet new people which could lead to a job in the future.

  4. They look great on your CV and show that you’re dedicated and invested in joining that particular sector.

  5. Learn new skills that will help you in whatever you choose to do in the future.

So now you’re convinced it’s a good idea, how do you go about getting work experience?

  • Ask your friends

  • Use search engines, careers services and specialist work placement websites

  • Apply as soon as the position opens. If you’re approaching a company for experience rather than applying for a formal work placement, get in touch well before you want to start

  • Adapt your CV and application for every placement you apply for

  • Find out if the industry you want to get into has any big events coming up that you can go to. For example, CEOs often speak at events that are open to the public. This is a great way to meet other people in the industry and get some contacts

  • Always apply for lots of placements at the same time rather than putting all your eggs in one basket

  • Be creative and pro-active. Call people instead of sending emails, find an individual to speak to and spend time on your application to make it interesting.