Work experience works

Work experience works

For undergraduates seeking a career in the Creative Industries, work experience offers the chance to understand more about industry practices, learn new skills, gain confidence, make contacts and generally make themselves more attractive to potential employers.

For employers the process provides a chance to spot new talent, assess individual potential and play a role in developing industry’s future skills base and diversity. For higher education, work experience can inform course design, motivate students and play a role in building significant industry contacts. But how should these three interests interact and be managed?

  • Consider appointing staff to support students and academics with work placements, and to carry out appropriate administration;
  • Develop and maintain a good range of industry contacts to provide placements for students and staff;
  • Encourage students to attend networking events and industry master classes to help them build their own industry networks;
  • Get a clear and accurate description of the placement when offered to see if it offers real value;
  • Make sure the timed periods of work experience are well defined so that they don’t slide into unpaid labour;
  • Ensure students get the opportunity to report back and discuss their work experience with appropriate staff;
  • Consider creating in-house opportunities for work placements via student TV/radio stations, Student Union publications or in-house marketing and press departments.

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