Gaining experience

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 Work experience is an effective way to:

  • Demonstrate your skills to an employer
  • Develop confidence in a professional environment
  • ‘Try out’ a sector and employer
  • Build professional contacts 

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  Work experience

Normally lasting for short periods of time, work experience can be a helpful way to research careers.  Work experience tends to be unpaid and is normally organised by an individual approaching an organisation and arranging the placement for their specific career development needs.


  Internships and sandwich placements

Internships often take place in the summer months during a break from college or university. Sandwich placements typically take place after the second year of an undergraduate programme, and last for up to one year.  Interns and placement students will be expected to undertake a range of duties which will enable them to demonstrate their skills, whilst gaining an understanding of the organisation.  Many employers who offer graduate training programmes  will also offer an internships and sandwich placements.  Internships and sanwich placements are mostly paid.  You can find out about internship and sandwich placements options by approaching a company directly, visiting your careers service at your college or university and by visiting Graduate Talent Pool.




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