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8 ways to make the most of work experience

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8:30 AM | 30 September 2016
by Adam Oldfield
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Abed Lame, a sixth form student, gives his tips on how to get the most from work experience or an apprenticeship.

Why?

You may be asking or wondering why work experience is important?

Did you know that companies look at experience more then they look at qualifications? What’s more useful, someone that knows how to do it or someone who’s learned how to do it? Of course qualifications are important, but I have learnt that an employer will consider a candidate with experience compared to a candidate with grades but hardly any experience.

"Companies look at experience more then they look at qualifications."

Also, when a CV is being reviewed, some employers will have a look at the candidates experience before the grades, so having work experience is very good to put on your CV. Work experience is also a taster for anyone to get an idea of what the world of work is like before committing to a degree or long course.

With this in mind, its important to make the most from any work experience to show an employer that you are ready. It will also give you an idea of your own strengths and weaknesses.

"They might even give you job at the end of the experience."

It will help you build up contacts for the future and they could give you a good reference for future work. Or they might even give you job at the end of the experience.

How?

How would a young man like me make the most of out work experience?

The following points are the things which I think are important to take from an apprenticeship or work experience:

      1. Making a first impression
      First impressions are very important, it shows people a taster of who you are and what your like. Be polite, be on time , dress appropriately and SMILE.
      2. Be friendly
      Get to know everyone your working with, don’t be afraid to ask questions about roles, introduce yourself to everyone with a smile.
      3. Ask questions
      Such as, what do you like the most about your job? Or how did you get to where you are now? Is there another way of doing something? How does this industry work? Is there anything I can do better?
      4. Be organised
      Be on time, note down any thing important said to you, mange your time effectively.
      5. Get in there son!
      Get involved, the more you get stuck in, the more experience you will gain - be enthusiastic.
      6. Speak up
      Make suggestions, if you have anything valuable, speak up. Don’t be afraid. Employers like it when you speak up and contribute, whether its taken up or not it will still be appreciated.
      7. Need a hand
      Always offer your help, show that you are approachable and keen to help. This will show employers that you are willing and kind.
      8. Feedback
      Ask for feedback. See how you are doing and how you can improve. This will show employers that you are serious, but also improve yourself so you are ready for any future work experience.

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