Work experience

Work experience

Work experience is one of the most important things you can do to improve your future employability. A recent report of Graduate Employers (High Flyers, 2015) showed that more than half of major graduate recruiters warn that graduates who have had no previous work experience at all are unlikely to be successful during the selection process.

Gaining work experience can help you build an understanding about the sort of work you want to do, develop your skills, and build important networks. If you can find work relevant to your chosen career area, brilliant, but if you can't, don't worry because any work experience is valuable. Most employers are looking for evidence of ‘transferable’ skills, and working in a bar or shop whilst studying can provide excellent evidence of communication skills, team work, numeracy or problem solving, for example.

Finding work experience whilst at University

  • You may have to complete a placement as part of your course, but if you don't, look out for modules/placements within your course that you could do.
  • Check out the University's Win-Win webpages for opportunities to work on a project or complete a short term placement with local employers.
  • Regularly check the Student's Union webpages for local volunteering opportunities.   
  • Visit the Careers area (firstpoint) or follow us on social media (see links below) for our weekly Part Time Jobs Bulletin (NB: not produced between June - Sept)
  • Speak to your course leaders/lecturers - they might be able to inform you of any opportunities particularly relevant to your studies. 



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