Many young people visiting this page for the first time, will not have experienced the world of work before. And even if you have, there's lots of information on the following pages that will help you plan and prepare for a work experience opportunity. We talked to young people about their experiences and what they got from a placement. Here are some of the things they said:
- It helps you understand a work environment and what employers expect.
- It can be an opportunity to explore a career idea but even if it's not what you want to do in the future, it can help build your confidence and communication skills.
- It can sometimes lead on to part time work.
There are many other benefits and plenty of helpful tips and advice discussed in the work experience section below. There's also a section that covers virtual work experience opportunities too. The development of online conferencing facilities such as Teams and Zoom has meant that there are lots of opportunities to take part in work experience opportunities remotely or from home.