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Why is work experience important ? üIt empowers and enables YOU to take responsibility for developing YOUR own experiences of the world of work üIt helps YOU to make better informed decisions about YOUR future career pathway /university /apprenticeship üIt supports YOU if your chosen career pathway will require work experience in order for YOU to be considered for a university place or employment e. g. teaching, psychology, paramedics… üEvidence that YOU have undertaken work experience hugely enhances any application for future employment and/ or university place
What skills can work experience give me? EMPLOYABILITY
Employability skills Communication Timekeeping Personal Presentation Reliability Negotiation & decision making Numeracy Teamwork Leadership Integrity Management Organisational Problem solving IT
Task 1 What three things do I want to achieve from my work experience and why ?
When can I do work experience? Students can undertake work experience during the half term breaks and holidays. It is useful to make a note of your dates of availability so that this can be referenced in letters to employers, Half term: 22 October – 30 October 2015 Christmas: 2 December – 4 January 2016 Half term: 15 February – 10 February 2016 Easter : 25 March – 8 April 2016 Half term: 30 May – 3 June 2016 Holidays 21 July 2015 – September 2016
What kind of work experience should I apply for? If you know the employment sector that you want to work in, start looking there. If you are unsure about where or what sector that you want to work in , its really important to begin career research NOW! Things you can do: ØTry the “Buzz test” this only takes a few minutes to do. The answers which you give will reveal your personality type. You are given suggested ideas about potential career areas which suit your personality type : www. icould. com/buzz ØExplore/watch career videos of employers and employees talking about their job roles, career paths and future prospects: www. careersbox. co. uk www. icould. com/buzz ØLook at job profiles and information leaflets: www. nationalcareersservice. direct. gov. uk/advice/planning/jobfamily Øwww. eclips-online. co. uk – Login: Lit. Hea 5 ty
Where should I look for work experience? v Anywhere and everywhere v Use your local area knowledge and network of friends and family v Ask your parents and their friends – let people know you are looking for work experience v Ask older students/friends where they found work experience v Use the internet to search local businesses that interest you v Careers events at LHS – talk to the business professionals who attend v Use the LHS alumni network v Careers office at LHS
How do I get work experience? Start looking and applying NOW – its never too early. The quickest way is to go into local businesses and ask to speak to the manager or person in charge. Introduce yourself and explain that you are looking for work experience and be prepared to give a few reasons why you would particularly like to work for that business. Examples of some reasons you may want to use: ØI want to improve my employability skills ØI have no experience of work and think its really important for me to get some ØI need to have work experience so that I can get on a particular university course ØI want to find out if this area of work is really for me ØI want to improve my employability
Useful documents ØLetter of application for work experience ØCV Examples of these documents can be found on the Heathen web site. Click on the tab called “careers” at the top of the page and select work experience.
Practical things an employer might expect Punctuality Dress Code Questioning Reliability Health & safety Teamwork Initiative Use of the internet Communication
What an employer expects Punctuality – Arrive on time, if you are going to be late let your supervisor know. Reliability – Projects are sometimes planned for students on work experience, so if you are unable to attend for any reason its important to let your employer know. Initiative – Don’t wait to be asked if you have finished a task. When you need something else to do ask your supervisor. If you notice something that doesn’t look right , let your supervisor know - it may be helpful. If you want to learn something specific during your work experience let your employer know before you start. Communication – It is important to answer the phone in a professional manner. If you do not know the answer to a question while on the phone, do not panic, explain that you are doping work experience and will need to refer the caller to a colleague. Dress Code - Smart casual wear is usually acceptable, however in most roles bare flesh, trainers or jeans are unacceptable. Ask your employer what they require you to wear before you start.
What an employer wants continued. Health & Safety – You should be taken through Health & safety procedures on your first day. It is extremely important that you observe these at all times for your own safety and the safety of others Using the internet – Check the company policy on use of the internet and email while on work premises Questioning – Never be afraid to ask questions- you will be learning lots of new skills and tasks. Employers prefer students to take an interest in the business Teamwork – Most work experience students will be working as part of a team. You may be asked to do very basic tasks at times, do not feel undervalued. This demonstrates that you are able to work as part of a team.