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Work experience

Work experience advice on 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.

Young professionals 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 this 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.

So read on to learn more about making the most of work experience opportunities.

Work experience for all

Find out more about the IET’s Engineering Work Experience for All campaign - aiming to bring together employers, universities, further education colleges and policy-makers to collaborate on improving the quality of work experience opportunities available to engineering students.

Types of work experience

The different types of work experience available, and what they entail.


Why project-based placements are perfect for young engineers

Project-based work experience provides students an opportunity to gain practical experience of real-world business tasks, putting them a step ahead of peers who lack exposure to industry.


The benefits of work experience

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.


Where to look for work experience opportunities

Advice on finding work placements – the IET shows you where to look for engineering and technology work experience.


How to apply for work experience

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…


When to apply for work experience

At what age, and how far in advance should you start to apply for work placements?


What employers look for in a work experience applicant

Engineering employers share what they look for from students applying for a work experience placement. Find out how to make yourself stand out – and what not to say or do!


Work experience: large organisations vs SMEs

SMEs vs larger corporates: what type of company offers the best work experience opportunities?


Make the most of your work experience

Advice on gaining the most from any work experience placement.


Work experience while job hunting

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.


Selling your skills to potential employers

Gained a variety of new skills through work experience? Here's how best to sell them to potential employers.


Technician professional registration for students

Did you know that many IT and engineering undergraduates achieve the competencies needed to obtain EngTech or ICTTech professional registration during an industry placement year?


Work experience – your stories

Engineering and technology students tell us about their experiences on work placements and in what ways they've helped them with their studies and early careers.