Work placements, work shadowing, part time work and volunteering are fantastic ways to build skills and try out a certain job or career before choosing your pathway. Work experience will also help you stand out from the crowd when applying for University, Apprenticeships and employment post studies.
At Chiltern Hills Academy, all students undertake Work Experience for one week in Year 12. Our students have gained work experience in various industries this year such as Mechanical Engineering, Veterinary, Healthcare, Technology, Finance, Fashion, Fiilm Theatre, Retail, Care homes, Charities and many more.
Work experience offers the following key benefits
- Career Exploration - explore potential career paths and gain a better understanding of the workplace.
- Skill Development - experience work-based skills including time management, teamwork and communication
- Increased Confidence - improve your confidence and self-esteem by learning new skills
- Improved Employment Prospects - help you secure employment in the future.
We strongly believe that work experience can help prepare you for both adult and working life. It can contribute to your personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It can also motivate those who may have lost interest in learning by giving them opportunities to make them feel closer to work where they can see the relevance of what they learn.
Work experience is a fantastic way to help you decide on your career path. Unifrog have some useful tips on how to find work experience in this 2-minute video.
Applying for Work Experience
You will almost always need to write a covering letter along with your CV when applying for jobs. You will find a guide of what to include in your letter and the steps involved in applying for work experience here.