Doing work experience is one of the best ways to learn a lot about the world of work very quickly.
There are heaps of ways to use work experience to learn about different jobs and build your skills.
Getting information about a job or industry
If you want work experience that gives you information about how you can build a rewarding career in a particular role, you can:
- Visit an employer’s premises or work site for a workplace tour. Check with your school or approach an employer directly.
- Attend career talks by employers and workers. Look for industry networking events online or talk to employers at career or jobs expos. Check out our article Five tips for career development networking.
- Interview an expert. Talk to someone working in your industry or job of choice to find out about their pathway and what the job is really like. Check out our workbook Interview a workplace expert.
Understanding the day-to-day realities of a job
If you want work experience that gets you involved in the day-to-day realities of a particular job or industry, think about:
- Job shadowing. This gives you an idea of the daily tasks and interactions in this role.
- Doing a formal work experience placement with an employer in your field of interest. This can be organised through your school or education provider.
Demonstrating your skills
If you want to do work experience that shows employers you understand their business and have the right skills for the job, consider
- Undertaking a work trial. See our article What is a work trial and when is it okay?
- Volunteering. See our article Get work experience by volunteering.
- Doing a traineeship or apprenticeship. For more information read our article Australian Apprenticeships - FAQ. You can find apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities by searching online or by approaching the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network.