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There are a number of different ways you can arrange work experience. More and more companies are starting to offer placements as they realise how important it is for youngsters. Here are a few tips on where to start when looking for work experience. The key is research!
The best place to start is with a bit of a ‘brain dump’. Think about what your good at and what you enjoy; have a look at our Choosing a Job section and choose an industry you think may interest you. Don’t panic – this is the whole point of work experience – to work out what you want to do as much as what you don’t want to do.
To get started begin reading up on the essentials. What are the main companies in the industry you want to get into.
Have a look at their website and see if they offer any work experience, internships or placements.
Of course be enthusiastic about work experience, but be realistic.
Unfortunately many placements aren't paid, so take in to consideration where the company is based and how much the commute would cost.
Once you have found a number of companies which you think might be interesting to do work experience for tailor your CV and covering letter to that company.
Be sure to mention why you want to do experience with them and what you could bring to the team. For more information on covering letters click here.
Don't send out a generic email that starts with 'Dear Sir/Madam' because it will most likely be deleted.
Look at their website or give them a call and find out who you should be addressing the letter to.
It is important to listen to the advice around you. Talk to your friends and family. Discuss any jobs they might have had and enjoyed.
If you are still in school then start talking to your careers adviser and teachers who will be able to point you in the right direction.
Importantly, get a presence on social media and start following companies of interest, often jobs get advertised first on twitter before anywhere else.