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More and more these days, employers expect entry level job applicants, including graduates, to have some form of practical work experience before they can be offered a paid position. From an employer’s perspective, this means that training new recruits can start from a stage further along than square one, at which entrants will have at least some idea of what is expected of a certain role and their future career.
Work experience placements and internships also allow school pupils, students and job hunters to get a feel for one or more industries or working environments before committing to further or higher education to pursue necessary qualifications, or getting too stuck into work they either don't enjoy or are not cut out for.
One way to combine education with gaining experience, is through doing an apprenticeship, but otherwise you'll probably have to do some unpaid work experience or take part in an internship before finding paid work.
The Work Experience sections includes information on: