How Do I Gain Experience?
Experience is a key asset that employers are looking for in their ideal candidate. If you have all the will in the world but don’t have the experience to back it up, then chances are that another individual with the experience you are lacking will take your place.
There are many ways to gain experience in modern society and employers are starting to implement schemes to help students get exposure to the real world.
One type of experience employers are starting to implement are Insight Days/Weeks. These are periods where you shadow employees and get exposed to the ins and outs of the company you wish to apply for. These are really useful if you don’t know what field you want to go into. If this is the case, then apply to these programs and you will have a better understanding of what you like and what you don’t like.
Placements are very common inside the workplace as these will enable you to be an employee for a period of time. You will act as an employee and will be tasked with the same duties as any other regular employee. You will gain hands on experience and will definitely know if the placement is something you wish to do full time.
Internships are another type of experience which employers really acknowledge. If you have an internship under your belt, then you will definitely stand out from the competition and employers will put you at the top of the list. The only restraint with internships is that they are normally given to students in their penultimate year of university. This does not mean that you shouldn’t apply to them whilst in your first year. If anyone can advocate for this, I can! I obtained a teaching internship during my first year at university AND an accounting internship during my second year. Always apply to internships and hopefully you will land one!
All of these types of experience can be found at career fairs and it is here where you should attend to get as much detail as you can.