Our tips on how to get work experience

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We know that when you are applying for jobs, a lot of companies require you have a certain amount of work experience to qualify to apply for the role. However, how do you gain work experience in the first place? Here are a few tips on how to help your search for landing that placement.

Know what you really want to get experience in

This may sound simple but it is sometimes harder than you think. To know exactly what you want to do does not come easily to everyone. But, having an idea of the direction you want to go in is crucial. This will ensure you are applying for the right roles to get you where you want to go. Then once you secure something, you are making the most out of your time and experience.

Consider what you enjoy doing and what you feel you are good at. If you are college/university leaver, it is going to be much easier to follow certain aspects of what you have studied. This does not mean you have to just focus on what you have studied. It is just a good start!

Ensure your CV is up to date and up to scratch

There are always other people looking for work experience or the same roles as you. So there is always going to be competition. Don't let this put you off. Be confident in your abilities and make sure your CV shows this too. Show your enthusiasm for the role and explain, with examples, how gaining practical work experience is beneficial. 

Also make sure you explain how your transferable skills and experience will fit in with the company you are applying for.

Network in your chosen sector

Work experience isn't always easy to find. So making the most of the people you already know may lead you to some work experience opportunities that aren't necessarily advertised.

Prepare to be flexible and open to meeting and talking to new people. You'll also need to be comfortable explaining how your skills could benefit the organisation. Don't be discouraged if you can't find many work experience opportunities advertised online.

If you don't ask, you will never know.

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