A good work experience placement can inspire you, help you to develop your skills, and build contacts – setting you up for more opportunities in the future! When you are considering where you would like to work during your experience placement, make sure you seriously consider how the type of job you choose to experience might help you in the future.

Here are just some tips from our experts on how to make the most of it…

Research the company before you go
Make sure you know what the company does, its aims and values, and who its customers are.

Set some personal goals
Before you start your work placement, set yourself some personal goals that you’d like to achieve during your employment. Ask yourself what you want to get out of the experience? What would you like to learn? Are you keen to develop your communication skills or boost your confidence?

Make a good first impression
Turn up on time. Allow plenty of time for your journey.

Introduce yourself
Introducing yourself shows that you are a good communicator and it’s a good way to find out who is who within an organisation and to start building contacts.

Keep track of your time in employment
Keeping a diary is a good tool to reflect on the skills you’ve developed during you time on work experience. You’ll rely on this information to provide evidence for your CV, personal achievement folder or college interview.

Get involved
Try to help out and come up with suggestions and ideas. Employers will be impressed if you show initiative and self-motivation.

Ask questions
It’s a great chance to pick people’s brains and it shows you’re interested. Don’t be afraid to ask for reassurance or further instructions.

Enjoy it
It’s all good experience even if it’s not the career you want to do in the future.
Good luck!

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