Work experience is a valuable investment of your time. You may end up being offered a paid position with the company you are gaining experience with. If the experience does not directly result in a position, it will teach you valuable skills that will be transferable for the rest of your life. Not to mention the added boost that your resume will get!
Finally, work experience is a great, low-commitment, way to decide if an industry is right for you!
Keeping safe on your work experience
Occupational Health and Safety requires that all physical risk to your person is kept to a minimum while you are on work experience.
You should be offered a work place induction to alert you to any potential risks in your work place, and given ways of avoiding them.
However a lot of staying safe relies on you to use your common sense. If it is too heavy, don’t lift it. If its too high, get a real ladder. If it seems dangerous, don’t do it.
How to get the most out of work experience
If you want to get the most out of your work experience, make sure that you:
- Show up on time.
- Treat it as you would an actual job.
- Ask to participate in tasks you are interested in learning about.
- Befriend one of the employees you are working with and talk to them about their job.
- Ask questions.
How to arrange work experience
There are a number of ways to arrange work experience.
Firstly, your school may have a guidance counsellor who can arrange work placement for you.
Secondly, if you have a specific company in mind you could email them directly to enquire about a work experience position with them.
Finally, RYB is occasionally approached by companies offering work experience. If you bring your resume down to the bus we may be able to help you find a placement.