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The benefits of work experience

Young people are more likely to be successful in securing a job if they have done some work experience. If you are not sure about the work/career you want, work experience is a perfect way to sample all the options you have. It’s a way of exploring different jobs without actually committing to anything and gives you a great insight into what it’s like to work in a particular industry.

Other benefits of work experience include:

  • Shows employers that you are keen, interested and reliable!
  • It gently introduces you to the world of work and gives you an idea of the skills you might need to thrive in the workplace.
  • Helps you identify your own skills and perhaps even highlight the areas that you might want to work on (providing an insight into your strengths and weaknesses)
  • It will help build your contacts – who may advise you of future job opportunities or recommend you to another company.
  • Work experience also gives you something to put on your resume and the employer may even be a positive referee for you.
  • You might impress the employer so much that you will be offered a job!!

Speak to your Youth Advisor today about your interest in undertaking work experience.

Participant Stories

Group TTW Work Experience Participants outside

One of our clients was 16 years old and living in a boarding house with little support. His Youth Advisor worked intensively with him; particularly on his communication skills, resume, and interview skills. He met with our Business Advisor who marketed him to employers and help set up a Paid Work Trial. He had an interview and commenced the trial. During the trial he had a second interview to attend. Due to the skills he acquired during both interviews and the Paid Work Trial, he was successful in securing a full time position. This has completely changed his world and his confidence has grown significantly.

Discovery days banner - On Discover days you will find out first-hand from employers about the industries you are interested in, what it is like to work in them, and how to get on board.
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