Looking for work experience?
There is a range of different types of work experience to consider
Why you should consider work experience
Taking part in work experience will give you a taste of a particular job or career. If you are still at school or college, it may help you to decide what you want to do when you leave or what you do not want to do. In addition, some training courses insist that you have had some work experience before applying. It will also give you a taste of the world of work in general.
Gaining new skills from new experiences is a great way to boost your self-confidence and learn more about yourself.
Learning new skills not only increases your confidence but is also an aspect that you can use to enhance your CV when looking for work in the future. Even if you decide to work in a different sector or role from where you gained your work experience, the skills you learned can be transferable.
You can find out more about a new sector – from how to get a job in that field, to the skills you’ll gain, to future career opportunities down the line.
Work experience is a great way to increase your networks by meeting new people in the sector that you’d like to work in.
Making the most of work experience
No matter how long or what type of work experience you decide to do, the aim is to have as good an experience as possible. Tell your employer what you’re hoping to get out of it and explain why you want to work with them.
Talk to people about their jobs. Ask them how they got into the sector and ask about the industry in general. What advice do they have about getting a job in this field?
While you’re on your work experience placement, make sure you keep a note of what you did and the skills that you learned during your time there. This will help you when looking for future work as you can add this into your CV or any job applications you fill out.
Ask for feedback
Make sure you ask your employer to tell you how they think you got on at the end of your placement. Get feedback on what they think your strengths and skills are as they relate to your time with them.
Get a reference
Ask your employer if you can use them as a reference on future job applications or your CV, as they can give a good account of what you are like in the work place.
Are you ready?
If you’ve decided you’d like to find out more about working in farming and farming related businesses, then you can start by taking a look at the work experience that Jobfarm has on offer!