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Introduction to the world of work

YOUNG people really understand the value of work experience, which can be a great benefit, if not immediately, then in a few years time.

YOUNG people really understand the value of work experience, which can be a great benefit, if not immediately, then in a few years time.

Broadly speaking, there are three kinds: shadowing, work experience, and placements or internships.

Shadowing is usually done by sixth –formers. Those wanting to study a subject in high demand such as medicine should apply as soon as they can.

Work experience tends to be offered to years 10 and 11.

It is a great chance to get a taste of a job and see what skills you will need for the world of work - it can be quite a shock for a teenager to see how important punctuality, communication, and safety rules are to an employer!

Extended Work Experience is part of the Young Apprenticeship programme, now being offered by some schools. You study the normal curriculum at school, and over Years 10 and 11 spend 50 days gaining experience with an employer, training company or college.

During this time, you would be working towards work-related qualifications such as NVQs.

Internships can be undertaken in a gap year or after university or college, and can lead to temporary paid work or even a full-time career. Usually unpaid, internships bring out team-working, leadership and communication skills. To employers, these can be just as important as academic achievements.

A spell of voluntary work can be very useful to you in the future , while helping others at the time .Often it is the range of experience you have, maybe with a one or two unusual types of work experience, which can make your application for full time employment successful in the long run.

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