The following is based on the experiences of a Careers Consultant who has previously managed internship programmes in a range of sectors.
I met someone earlier today who wanted to find a part-time job to give himself some work experience for when he finishes his further degree.
When I went to record our conversation, I found that he and I had already had that conversation a couple of years ago. I wondered what stopped him finding work then? Will our chat today have made any difference?
Here are some ideas for finding useful experience. Think carefully before you dismiss them, or perhaps your thoughts will, like my student’s, go round in circles for the next couple of years!
Are you one of those people frustrated by employers saying they need people 'with experience', not able to get work experience? You're not alone; we meet people like you very often in our careers services!
Topics: work experience
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