What do we mean by experiencing the world of work?

Experiencing the world of work or work experience is defined as any time spent in a work setting, in any industry, learning new skills on the job and obtaining first-hand, real-world experience.

Every young person should have the opportunity to learn from employers about work, employment, and the skills they will need. They should have an opportunity to experience the world of work through visits, shadowing and/or work experience to help them explore potential opportunities and expand their horizons.

If you're wondering whether experiencing the world of work is worthwhile, the answer is absolutely!

Let's look at the benefits:

  • Develop existing skills or learn new ones
  • Get a feel for the workplace if you've never worked before
  • Learn more about a certain business that interests you
  • Enables you to try out multiple occupations to determine which one you prefer
  • Increase your self-esteem and interpersonal abilities
  • Get to know new individuals and hone your communication abilities
  • Relationship building and professional network expansion
  • Work experience looks fantastic on your CV and can help you land your dream job in the future!

What if I don't know what career I want?

There are lots of websites that will give you some ideas about different jobs and industries based on your interests. Start by thinking about what you enjoy doing, your skills and any subjects you are interested in.

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