Having work experience on your CV is often cited as one of the main things that makes you stand out to an employer when applying for jobs. So why is work experience such a strong selling point, and how can you be sure to get the most out of it?
We’ve put together our top tips to help you make your work experience work for you.
Pick the right company
It’s pretty simple: find places that you’d like to work. You’ll be able to show your enthusiasm for what they do, and find out if it’s the right industry for you. Getting a background understanding of the sector you’re interested in will help during job applications and interviews too.
Start building a network of people who could help you when you’re searching for your first job after graduating. Developing positive relationships with people you enjoy working with can open doors later in your career. To leave a lasting impression, be yourself but, on your best day. Don’t be afraid to ask if you can connect via social channels; the company could see you as a future employee and want to keep in touch.
Keep a journal
You’ll have so much to take in and everything will go by in a flash. Reflect on what you’ve learnt by keeping a daily journal of your experiences. Then refer back to it when writing applications, cover letters or personal statements where specific experiences and anecdotes can strengthen your arguments.
Put your hand up
Volunteer to get involved in anything and everything; it will show you’re a team player. The more you take part in, the more you’ll get to learn about. Don’t be afraid to put your hand up and ask questions, either. Remember that there are no stupid questions, especially if you’re asking so that you can learn.
Think about transferable skills
Work experience is a unique opportunity to observe what skills you’ll need for your chosen industry and think about how you can develop them. Take advantage of the chance to practice key skills that take experience to develop, especially customer care and commercial awareness. Remember that any experiences you have can help you to strengthen your transferable skills. Even playing sport with your mates is working on communication and teamwork abilities.
And last but not least, attend one of our Open Days to find out how we can help you achieve your career ambitions. To book your place email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.