Once you have confirmed your work experience there are lots of things to consider to make the most out of your experience. It is important to plan your activities with your host organisation.
Here is some advice and guidance to think about before and during your work experience that can support your future career planning:
Skills Development - focus on your skills before going on work experience. Know your strengths and weaknesses and look for opportunities to develop your weaker skills.
Welcome challenges - to get the most out of your work experience, show eagerness to take on extra responsibility, like a new project.
Dress for success for your interviews/work experience
It’s not always easy to know what to wear to an interview, or for your work experience, and it does depend on the type of industry that you are looking to enter, but below are some useful guides. If you get the opportunity, ask at interview or email the organisation contact in advance. Most organisations are impressed that you have considered this and asked the question.
If you need to buy new clothing for an interview for your work experience, you could consider visiting stores that offer a discount:
Students on a placement year are subject to reduced tuition fees. This fee covers the support you will receive before, during and after your placement, the assessment of your placement and your continued access to university support services.
For further money advice please speak to Student Money Service.
If you are doing a placement module, please read your module handbook to ensure you address any learning objectives whilst on placement.