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Practical experience

There’s nothing more valuable than gaining real-life experience in the workplace. This is one of the best ways to develop your skills, network with others in the industry, and find out what type of role or sector you want to work in.  

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Types of experience

Searching for work experience

• If you are in full-time education, speak to your institution about how they might be able to support you in finding a work placement
• Use LinkedIn to advertise that you are looking for work experience
• Approach acquaintances or contacts who might be able to put you forward at their organisation
• Visit websites advertising work experience opportunities, and jobs boards that allow you to filter by graduate schemes or jobs.

Find work experience to suit you

Work experience is on-the-job training, and therefore can be remote, hybrid or face-to-face working, depending on the role.

Opportunities range from very short term to longer periods, part-time and full-time, or weekend work. There should be opportunities that fit with the time you have available.

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