Work experience

Find out more about work experience: when to apply, where to find it and how to make the most of it.

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 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.

Types of work experience

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


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.


Work experience opportunities

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


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?


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

Making more of your industrial placement year

IAESTE: A journey without an end

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.