Work experience, volunteering and jobs

Work experience

Get a foot on the career ladder with a work experience placement.

They might go for a fourth year placement, arranged with school, or a more formal work experience scheme, which runs for a set period of time.

They’ll get:

• Hard-earned confidence
• Practical experience
• An idea of what a job is like

A perfect taster of the industry they're interested in, it offers the chance to build professional relationships and make up their mind on where to go next.

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Getting a job

If they’re looking to make an impact straight away, they may want to get out and join the world of work.

Whether they start by working part-time or land an entry-level position in the industry they're interested in, starting work early will grant them valuable experience and could fast-track their journey up the career ladder.

They'll get:

  • Chance to earn straight away
  • Established in a professional environment
  • Real-life, hands-on experience

By working their way up through the ranks, they'll build the skills to take them to the top.

Explore their options


Long summer and winter holidays, and weekends, are good times to help out. And some programmes give young people experience during the working week.

They'll get:

  • Learn new skills such as organisation, leadership, research and teamworking
  • Build confidence
  • Explore jobs and career possibilities
  • Real-life experience which could impress future employers

There are some restrictions on what your child can do, when. For example, under 14s can't work for a profit-making organisation, even if they're unpaid. Check Your rights in work for more information on this.

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