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Work Experience? Here’s 10 reasons why…

David Moseley, Internship Officer for our Work Experience team shares his thoughts on why students should do work experience …

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With the job market as competitive as it’s ever been, it’s tough making yourself stand out from the crowd. Having experienced first-hand the difference that work experience can make to job hunting, we have complied a list of reasons as to why it’s something to consider.

Those who carryout work experience as an undergraduate (here’s your 10 reasons why you should do it!)…

 

1. Tend to have more to talk about at an interview/ on an application form.

 

2. Seem to be more appealing to future employers as the experience supplements academic success.

 

3. Can demonstrate true commitment and passion towards their chosen career.

 

4. Have a better idea of what the career they have chosen involves.

 

5. Gain so much more than just experience e.g. changes in confidence and body language.

 

6. Have greater understanding of teamwork and interpersonal skills in the workplace.

 

7. Tend to have more contacts to tap into to get their graduate job.

 

8. Have a better understanding of work place etiquette and work culture.

 

9. Seem to be less afraid of career changing several years after graduation.

 

10. May have road tested a future employer!

 

AND, one more  …  how else can you “try before you buy”, without the formalities of the employer /employee contract!

 

Here are some news stories highlighting my views:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-30802474

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-16486753

https://targetjobs.co.uk/internships/415866-tips-from-uk-300-high-fliers-for-students-looking-for-work-experience

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/jun/12/students-summer-internships-employability

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/oct/15/student-guide-to-internships

http://university.which.co.uk/advice/what-employers-think-about-sandwich-courses-and-work-experience

 

 

Need Help?

 

We can help you GET Work Experience here at Cardiff University –  details on work experience schemes and the upcoming Work Experience & internship events.

 

Meet Employers?

 

Why not come along to our Work Experience Fair on February 26th 2015 and MEET some of the employers offering work experience.

 

Best wishes
Dave

Internship Officer, Work Experience Team

 dave

Careers & Employability

Your Student Life, Supported

Comments

  • Rokhsareh

    I am looking for internship in cardiff university, kindly advice.
    Regards

    • Katrina Taylor

      Hi and thankyou for your comment.

      The best thing to do is to contact our Work Experience Team and they can offer you information and advice, https://intranet.cardiff.ac.uk/students/support-and-services/careers-and-employability/work-experience

      Further information on work experience and employers is available at Careers & Employability (top floor), Student Support Centre, 50 Park Place – you can drop-in there and speak to our Information staff.

      You can also follow the Work Experience team on twitter @expworkscu and @cardiffcareers as well as find them on facebook: cardiffunicareers

      Best regards
      Katrina Taylor
      Marketing Manager

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