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Work experience

We provide opportunities for young people to find out what its like to work in the council.

Work experience is often up to a week spent in a workplace to learn about the world of work and see it in action. It’s mainly for young people but not always. Work experience has a key role to play in preparing people for the workforce and as both an employer and the local council we recognise we have a vital role to play.

Why work experience?

Work experience should be seen as an opportunity in itself. A good work experience placement can help increase your appeal to future employers and help to build your self-confidence.

Helps you make decisions

A placement will show you what a job or workplace is like and help you to decide if that’s the kind of career you would be interested in.

Builds your confidence

Working with other people or teams and carrying out new tasks will help build your confidence.

Improves your prospects

It can be used on your CV or applications to show that you have experience in the work place. What you’ve learned and your achievements will prove that you’re enthusiastic and a hard worker.

You learn new skills

By working with other people you’re building the skills that employers like to see in their applicants.

Make useful contacts

More simply put – networking. You’ll meet lots of new people and you may attend events or meetings.  By making a good impression these contacts may be able to provide you with references or even help your career in the future.

During and after your placement

Make the most of your placement whilst you’re in the workplace and after you’ve finished.

Ask lots of questions

Use the opportunity to ask lots of questions, to learn more about the company and its employees.  Speak to people about their jobs and how they got them and if they have any advice for getting into the industry or roles.

Keep notes

Make sure you keep a note of everything you’ve done and any skills you used or have learned.  These will be a useful addition for your CV and give you reminders for job applications or interviews in the future. 

Get some feedback

At the end of your placement ask for some feedback. This will let you know how you did and the impression you have created.

References

If you’ve done well most employers will provide you with a reference that you can use for future applications or on your CV.  But don’t forget to ask first.

Say thanks

A simple thank you can go a long way to creating a good impression.  Either face-to-face  or by sending a quick email, say thanks for the opportunity and ask them to keep you in mind for any future roles.

What next?

We’re committed to providing work experience opportunities where possible as our commitment to young people in Gloucestershire and to help develop a skilled workforce of the future.

Talk to us

To talk to us about work experience opportunities, phone us on 01452 425 888 (select option 2 then option 1) or complete the application form.

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