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Reasons for work experience

Skills Development. Work experience is primarily about developing skills, particularly employability skills. There are many skills and attributes that can be developed through work experience.

Helps get a graduate job. Employers state time and again that the more experience you get the more chance you have of landing the graduate job you want.

Helps with planning your career. Gaining some work experience can help make informed choices about your future career path.

Gives a better understanding of the working environment. It’s important to know and understand what your working environment is going to be like – as you will spend at least a third of your day at work!

Money. Many work experience opportunities are paid, which has obvious benefits. However work experience is not always paid, some opportunities with charities or in the media operate on a voluntary basis.

Helps make future contacts. Gaining work experience is a great opportunity to make future contacts whether for future jobs or for future clients.

Business acumen and commercial awareness. Employers often comment that having an understanding and experience in this area will put you head and shoulders above the competition. Work experience is one of main ways this can be gained.

Putting theory into practice. Depending on your degree, your work experience may be directly relevant to your course, this will help you see how the theory you have learnt works in practice. It will also give you renewed confidence when you return to your studies.

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