Work Experience and Volunteering

Your time at university is very important.  It may be the first time you have left home, or perhaps you are fitting your studies around a family or job commitment.  Whatever your circumstances are, you need to be sure that you are making the most of your university experience.

In the current job market, gaining practical experience is essential.  It will build your skill levels, enable you to meet employers, help you make good career decisions and much more.  The good news is that not only can this experience come from a number of different areas, it can also be great fun!

Here are some tips on getting the most from your experience:

  1. Think about what you want to gain from the experience.  What skills do you need to work on, is there anyone in particular you would like to meet?
  2. Write a review of your experience at the end of each week/month.  What have you learnt?  What would you like to achieve next?
  3. Keep a record of the skills you have developed with specific examples - this will be very useful when it comes to writing application forms and at interviews.
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