- Career information: – find out about this career/area – what does each job actually look like. – find out if you want to follow this career/don’t want to pursue this career
- Make contacts (NETWORK) – the employer/owner may: – ask you back – agree to give you a reference – help you get a job/other work experience, etc.
- Develop your skills– eg improve your communication skills by talking to other workers, customers, etc
- Learn about the world of work and the workplace
- Consider the pathways to this career – find out how to get a career in this area eg:
– Can you do an apprenticeship?
– What College/University course should you apply to?
– What qualifications do you need?
– What career opportunities are there in the future?
Previous pupils’ experience of work experience:
- “my week proved to me that I definitely want to follow this career path – it has made me work harder to make sure I get the grades I need”
- “I thought I wanted to be a teacher – my work experience made me see that I did not enjoy this type of job”
- “my week showed me that the job is not what thought it was – I am now not interested in a career in law and have arranged another work experience in the summer to help me decide what I do want to do”
- “I improved my network of contacts – the employer has given me names of colleagues, one who has agreed to offer me another week next year”
- “the manager offered me a part-time summer job after my work experience placement”
- “I was offered a 4 year apprenticeship following my placement”