Gain work experience
You can never have too much work experience. In today’s competitive job market, it is not enough to leave University with a good degree classification, it is important to gain work experience throughout your time at university. Work experience can help you stand out from the crowd, giving experiences to talk about in interviews, and ultimately get you the job you want.
It is worth thinking now about work experience opportunities which could add value to your CV. There is a wealth of opportunities within the University of Hertfordshire that could help you develop specific skills that employers will be looking for in their recruitment process. Take a look at some of the work experience opportunities below. Not all of these will be paid, however the experience you will gain will be invaluable to your self-development.
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What are the benefits of work experience?
- Put knowledge into practice and develop skills: Work experience gives you the chance to gain fantastic industry experience, whilst developing your knowledge and transferable skills such as problem-solving, teamwork and communication. This in turn makes you more attractive to employers, and may also help with your course too.
- Make contacts: Work experience allows you to build relationships with people in the industry you want to work in, as well as the opportunity to network, collecting contact details along the way. These contacts could be the key to getting a job once you graduate.
- Test out careers: To get a taste for a particular job role; work experience offers you a chance to find out whether specific careers are suited to you.
Boost your CV and get a job! Employers want experience in industry; they want practical skills evidenced through a combination of work experience and study. Several work experiences (preferably one being a placement/internship of significant duration) can make all the difference on your CV when you come to apply for jobs. Employers also frequently recruit graduates to full-time roles who have completed placements/internships with them.
Contact the Careers and Employment service for any queries related to internship and work placement opportunities.