What Do You Gain From Work Experience? Employment

Work experience is an invaluable way to learn new skills and get an idea of a new workplace. Whether you’re a student fresh out of school or you’re looking to re-enter the working world after a break, work experience can be the perfect way to kickstart a new career.

The Benefits Of Work Experience

Work experience comes in many different forms. For example, it can be a voluntary position, internship, placement or part-time paid position. There are many things to be gained from the roles listed above. In this article, we’ll take a look at just some of the advantages of undertaking work experience.

It Gives You An Inside Look At An Industry/Role

If you’ve never had a job before, or you’ve been out of work for a while, you might be unsure of what kind of job or industry will suit you. If that is the case, work experience lets you ‘try before you buy’. Taking on a voluntary role or internship gives you the chance to sample different sectors and job roles without committing fully to it.

In some circumstances, volunteering or internships can result in a job at the end of the unpaid period. So, not only are these types of work experience roles a fantastic way to get the inside look at the desired role, but also an excellent way to get your foot in the door.

It Teaches You Core Skills

There are some skills that are universal to any job role. Communication, problem-solving, timekeeping, confidence, and teamwork all apply across the board, no matter the industry or type of role you’re looking for. Even if you’re unable to land work experience in a certain sector, undertaking some form of work experience can help you learn and develop core skills which support you in taking the next step on your career path.

It Grows Your CV

Growing and developing your CV is a key step in your career journey. Work experience gives you something tangible and recent to put on your CV and improves your employability across the board. Having recent work experience also gives you scenarios you can talk about in interviews, as employers like to hear how you would deal with real-life challenges and situations.

It Boosts Your Self-Esteem

Struggling to find a job can really knock your confidence. As well as giving you something to put on your CV and talk about in interviews, work experience is a great opportunity to boost your self-esteem and confidence. It can also empower you to take control of your career and push yourself to find and pursue a career which you’re passionate about.

Employability Help From Building Better Opportunities

At Building Better Opportunities in Stafford & South Staffordshire, we support people to get their life back on track through a range of services. From employment support and training help to personal development plans and financial advice, whichever areas of your life you’d like to work on, we will support you.

When it comes to work experience, we can guide you through the process of finding interesting and exciting opportunities to improve your skills, confidence and CV. To find out more, please contact our Advocates for a chat.