Work experience might also help you find out more about the sectors you are interested in and help you to develop your professional network.
You can get experience and in lots of different ways. Internships – a fixed period of work experience – and volunteering are both ways to learn about specific working environments while developing experience, meeting new people and building your confidence.
The majority of interns are classed as workers so should receive at least the National Minimum Wage (although there are some exemptions). You can find out more on Pay for Interns on the Prospects website.
Finding work experience
There are lots of resources you can use to help you find the right work experience opportunity for you.
Work experience opportunities
Lots of employers offer work experience and internship programmes, as well as help to develop your employability skills and opportunities to learn more about their specific sector.
Please note that some of these opportunities require applications to be submitted before the end of the academic year, so do check the deadlines.
Working with young people
These opportunities might be useful if you are interested in a career working with children and young people, such as teaching.
This opportunity might be of interest to those looking to work in the creative sector.
Construction and engineering opportunities
These opportunities might particularly useful if you are interested in construction and engineering.
The National Careers Service has specific advice on volunteering, including how to choose a volunteering position and how to apply.
International students on a Student (or Tier 4) visa can volunteer. You can also do voluntary work, if you have work rights, up to the total number of hours you are allowed to work during term-time.
You should check that you are still eligible for any volunteering or voluntary work schemes under the conditions of your visa if they might take place in term-time, and talk to your university or college if you are unsure.