Work Experience

Benefits of Work Experience

Why is Work Experience Important?

Work experience strengthens your CV but it also offers so much more.
Work experience can help you find out more about the type of work you are interested in and see if it suits you. It can help you with submitting job applications, an apprenticeship application or further studies. Work experience enables you to develop skills that are relevant to the world of work and your own personal development. Here are 3 main benefits of going on work experience:

Learn New Skills

There are many soft skills that employers consider essential and highly important in the workplace. Communication, team working, problem solving, time management and motivation skills. You will have an opportunity to develop these skills and more during your work experience period.

 

 

Real work experience

There is no doubt, going on work experience will help you decide your future career path.  You will have the opportunity to shadow workers, complete basic tasks and learn about elements of the work. These experiences will assist you in making your career decisions and can help you decide what kind of job, apprenticeship or studies you wish to apply for in the future

 

 

Creating professional networks

Take full advantage of social Networks such as LinkedIn and Twitter to network and create professional relationships with colleagues you have worked with in the past. If you have created a good impression on an employer, contact them for a reference for future job applications. There is every possibility that you could receive a job offer with previous employers that you have visited on a work experience placement. 

Bilingual Work Experience

An increasing number of employers are looking for employees with bilingual skills. 82% of businesses in Wales say that using Welsh adds value to their services. Using Welsh when going on a period of work experience is of great benefit.  Going on a bilingual placement enables you to strengthen your professional skills in Welsh such as writing and communication.

Careers support from your university/college:

Every university and college has a careers service to help you find opportunities to develop your career including work experience. Please find below, links to their respective websites:

Aberystwyth University 

Swansea University 

University of Wales Trinity St David 

Coleg Sir Gâr

Bangor University

Glyndŵr University

University of South Wales 

Cardiff University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

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