I need experience
Need to update skills? Applying for your first job? Returning to the workplace?
There are several ways in which you can get experience of work. It will mean taking the time and effort to find a placement or voluntary work. Getting some experience can make a big difference to your job prospects.
This section contains some information and tips that might help
- Be flexible. If you are looking for your first job then concentrate on getting experience of actually being in work. Almost any type of experience will be valuable.
- Volunteer. There are a large number of opportunities for you to volunteer. It is a great way to make a start on getting experience. Take a look at our volunteering section
- Part time and temporary jobs. This way of working is becoming much more common. The future is uncertain and many companies do not wish to take on permanent workers at this time. So – part time work, temporary jobs, short term contracting is where many people are starting their working lives. You will need to consider these ways of working to get the experience you need.