Any Experience Is Good Experience?

We all need experiences to progress in our careers but how much is enough?
We all need experiences to progress in our careers but how much is enough?

In this day and age, gaining experience is crucial in progressing in the workforce. Employers are always asking for you to provide examples of your experience in your CV’s and are also asking in interviews to draw upon your past experiences to explain to them why you’re best suited for the job.

I just wanted to raise the point that looking for opportunities is what you should be doing, of course. However, if you hate what you are doing and you are just doing it for the sake of experience, then I recommend you to look elsewhere. Jobs are very competitive these days but you should not sacrifice your happiness or your mental health just to secure a placement or experience of some sort.

What I always do when it comes to big decisions is to weigh out the pros and cons and if I am capable and willing to overcome the cons. If I know that I am going to hate the placement or internship, then I would not do it. I would look elsewhere to try and gain some experience. On the back of that, I would always advise you to apply to many places rather than just one. Do not put all your eggs in one basket because if it turns out that you do get rejected, then it may be too late to secure a placement elsewhere.

When you are on the placement/internship, make use of the time that you have. Ask questions to learn more about the firm and more about the day to day working environment to envision what it would be like to work there. This will also help you to stand out from everybody else. Also think about references for every single experience that you have under your wing. These will really help you when applying to jobs in the future.

To recap, always seek out opportunities and try to get as much experience as you can under your belt. But please do not burn yourself out or risk your mental health whilst doing so.

 

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  1. Very true. Also, I would like to add on that internships/placements are not the only ways to gain experience. Volunteering is a good way too. For eg for law you could volunteer for a legal charity etc. Even a part time job in retail – you could list as experience for a graduate scheme : eg customer service and teamwork. There are many ways to gain transferable skills without going the traditional experience route . However, I would agree that a placement year/internships are the best way to market yourself. But I just wanted to list other options in case someone is unable to secure a placement. It is possible to link non- direct experiences to whatever role you are applying for. I enjoyed this article and definitely agree. Your mental health before anything else πŸ™‚

    • What an Insightful comment!! I absolutely love this and I completely agree πŸ‘

      Volunteering is a great way to gain experience, I have written a post on this so go to topeducationhub.com and you should be able to find it.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment πŸ’•πŸ’•

  2. This is a great perspective to have! It is very important to be open to experience in order find opportunities, but I think it is also valid to question whether the opportunity fits your overall interests and abilities. I write about this in my own blog, and it is actually very similar to the content you post here. It would be awesome if you checked it out, and perhaps left any contributions that you would like. I write it from a perspective of positive psychology, which aims to answer questions based on what it means to life a meaningful and fulfilling life. Thanks for the post, it was very interesting!

  3. Very true,for a healthy body,mind and soul a person needs job satisfaction.Without it there is a grave danger of diseases making nest in the body of such a person.Thanks a lot for sharing.

  4. I worked for over 36 years in which 30 was business education. when I over stayed my time in a department or unit, for my own sanity I would look else where. Very good advise. Bless be to God I am retired now. I talk to my son a lots about careers and work.

  5. I think there are two cases where “experience” can be problematic. First can be occupying a position that doesn’t allow you to show yourself as competent. These can sometimes be temporary stand-in positions or “disposable” occupations intended as places where bad management can assign blame (“whipping boys”). The other case is any position that comes with a commitment to a dead-end label or “typecast”. I’ve seen these most often associated with research fellowships being conducted by academic PhD’s who’ve become occupationally committed to a dead approach. Whatever you do, it should feel right and allow for useful knowledge and/or meaningful productivity.

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