In 2020, with businesses closed or having to stick to strict COVID regulations in order to operate, work placements could be tricky. You may need to look at work experience alternatives in order to explore industries and careers that you’re interested in.
Some businesses may still be able to offer placements, so it’s still worth searching for them. You could start on our work experience page. Also try contacting businesses that you’re interested in directly, your initiative and enthusiasm may get you through the door.
Top 5 work experience alternatives
If you can’t find any work experience through school or other channels, there are a few other options that could provide you with either some experience or at the very least a better understanding of some of the jobs and careers out there.
Virtual Work Experience could provide you:
- An opportunity to gain more understanding about what specific businesses do
- The chance to find out about different careers that might interest you
- Access to companies that you might not normally be allowed into
- Better comprehension of business processes and etiquette, as well as your rights and responsibilities
- Knowledge of the essential skills you’ll need
- The chance to boost your resume with transferrable skills, experiences and engagement
A virtual experience could entail anything from a tour or interactive webinar experience, to completing set tasks and receiving personalised feedback.
You could start by reading our Virtual Work Experience post.
Or find other programs that you could be eligible for like the Monash University Virtual Work Experience Program 2020.
Virtual Workplace Tours
Taking virtual workplace tours could give you an idea of what it really looks like to work in an industry that you’re interested in.
SkillsRoad 360 have put together some interviews with people employed in the following industries:
- Creative Industries
The Learning Partnership are a Canadian company, they’ve created 25 videos about various jobs and industries, they’re well worth a watch and include:
- Software Development
- Manufacturing and production
WorkForce Windsor-Essex are another Canadian company who’ve created a few videos about companies representing the following industries:
- Electrical designers, engineers and technicians
- Auto Manufacturing
- Vegetable Growers
Check out this Toyota Automotive Workshop Virtual Tour in Queenstown, NZ.
Book in for a behind the scenes virtual tour at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research’s state-of-the-art scientific facilities.
Take a peek inside Parliament House in another Virtual Tour.
Experience a Commercial Kitchen through another virtual workplace tour.
Listen to Podcasts
There are plenty of valuable audio experiences to be had too.
You could download them and listen to them whenever you have a little bit of time to spare.
Here are a few we’ve found in a quick search:
- Major General Susan Coyle CSC, DSM currently working in the Middle East as Commander of Joint Task Force 633 talks about her military career as well as her current mission. There are also plenty of other interviews with Veterans in the Life on the Line
- How I built this series investigates the stories behind some of the most well-known companies.
- Listening to Career Cloud could help you get tips about the qualities that employers are looking for, hidden job markets, personal brands and even a “how I got my job” segment.
- If you’re interested in a career in tech you could pick up some tips in the Rocket Ship FM
- Listen to interviews with people doing interesting and inspiring work in the “How did you get into that series?”
- Aviation Careers
- Dream Job Ready
- Thirty Minute Mentors
- Engineering Heroes
Read about different careers
There are plenty of articles and interviews with people in all kinds of fields, all you need to find them are a few googling skills.
Here’s a few examples to get you started:
- Furniture Maker
- Head Chef
- Job Coach
- Fisheries Officer
- Aged Care Lifestyles Coordinator
A Day in the Life Videos
Watch snapshots of a typical day in different careers, or interviews with people in the job about what they do and how they started their careers.
- Structural Engineer
- Livestock Farming
- Web Developer
- Helicopter Pilot
- Train Driver
- Australian Commando
- Navy Helicopter Pilot
- Fast Jet Pilot
- Maritime Warfare Officer
- Army Combat Engineer
- Air Force Nurse
It’s never too late to get work experience
If you’re in high school and you’re stressing out that you haven’t yet had any work experience, there is plenty of time left.
In the mean time you can have a look at all the options we’ve listed, maybe narrow down your career choices and start looking again when more businesses open back up.
You could also look at doing workshops, short courses and micro-credential courses that could teach you news skills, illustrate your willingness to learn and add volume to your resume.