Test drive your dream career
There are lots of ways you can find out what a job is like. You could read about it, watch videos, or even talk to someone in the job. But there’s nothing really like experiencing it first-hand.
That’s exactly what work experience is – a way you can get a taste of a career and help steer you in the right direction when you’re thinking about your future possibilities.
What is work experience?
Work experience is where you get to spend time at a workplace and see what the people who work there do. You get to experience the daily operations of a business or organisation. It’s also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have.
Work experience is usually unpaid, and you shouldn’t be expected to undertake any serious work. However, you might get the chance to help with some simple tasks.
What are the benefits of work experience?
Whether you’re still in school, at university, or looking for work at any stage of your life, work experience can be a valuable tool. It can help you:
- Pin down your future goals
- Gain first-hand experience of a job
- Improve your knowledge and skills
- Build a network of contacts
- See how the world works
And when you’re applying for jobs in the future, it looks great on your resume too!
Where can I find work experience?
If you’re still at school, you can speak to your careers advisor and they might be able to help you organise a placement.
Work experience is also a part of many university and VET courses these days. In this context it’s also referred to as Work Integrated Learning (WIL).
If there’s a specific place you have in mind, you can try contacting them directly to organise work experience.
Or you can search our Work Experience database for heaps of opportunities, including Virtual Work Experience.