Work experience

High Fliers have published their latest annual review of the graduate market and one of the main focuses of the report is work experience.

The report states that it is expected that the number of graduate vacancies is set to increase by 2.7% from 2012. However, 36% of vacancies will be filled by graduates who have already worked for the employer, either in a summer or sandwich year placement.

Research from Aston University shows that placement courses can double a student’s employment prospects, yet fewer placement courses are being offered by universities, with only 8% of students completing sandwich courses in 2009-2010.

The report further highlights the importance of work experience. Over half of the recruiters surveyed said that graduates who had no previous work experience at all have little or no chance of receiving a job offer.

Kudos Inspire, aimed at students aged 13-19, can help them set a clear career path for the future. Students can extensively research their future career options, progression routes and what higher education courses are relevant to different careers.

Having this clear understanding before entering higher education can allow students to obtain relevant and valuable work experience to help with their transition from education to employment.

Obtaining work experience at school and college can be beneficial, as the skills and employment experience gained can be used as evidence in a UCAS Personal Statement or CV. Kudos Inspire encourages students to record their work experience achievements and what they learnt from their placement. This evidence is then used to help show future employers or universities their employability skills.

For higher education students and graduates, Careerscape provides a library of information on education and employment options. Careerscape contains detailed information on work experience which contains a video case study of young people undertaking work experience placements to help gain insight into different work places and the activities involved in certain placements. There is also useful information to help find an employer and hints to help students get the most out of their work experience.

To read about one student’s work experience at CASCAiD, please click here.

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