Find out more about work experience: when to apply, where to find it and how to make the most of it.
Work experience provides many benefits, giving you skills and experience that will allow you to stand out to potential employers as well as helping you choose the right sector to work in. We've dedicated an area of the site to work experience advice, helping you find out when to apply and who to send your application to, as well as the best places to source work experience placements and how to make the most of your time with a company.
The different types of work experience available, and what they entail.
Work experience provides many benefits, giving you skills and experience that will allow you stand out to potential employers as well as helping you choose the right sector to work in.
Advice on finding work experience - the IET shows you where to look and who to contact for engineering and technology work placements.
Who is the best person to approach at a company when you’re looking for work experience and how should you contact them? We let you know…
At what age, and how far in advance should you start to apply for work placements?
SMEs vs larger corporates: which kinds of company offers the best work experience opportunities?
Advice on gaining the most you can from any work experience placements.
Finished uni and struggling to find work? Why not undertake some more work experience placements while you job hunt. Not only will they increase the experience and skills on your CV, they may also lead to a full time job.
Gained a variety of new skills through work experience? Here's how best to sell them to potential employers.
Bavly Obaid became professionally registered as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) through his industrial placement as an application support engineer at Cummins.
Get formal international recognition of your real work experience.
IAESTE provides paid STEM internships abroad while offering individual support to students as well as a social programme. Here Marc Sloan talks about his experience interning in Zurich through the association.