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Benefits of Work Experience

How do you benefit from a work experience placement?

Work experience supports you to make career decisions, develop employability skills and support successful transition into FE, HE, apprenticeships and the workplace.

  • More confidence
  • Improved self esteem
  • Ability to communicate with adults
  • Improved timekeeping
  • Additional practical work skills
  • Team working
  • Problem Solving skills
  • Time management and organisation
  • Clarifies job roles within industry
  • Broadens horizons in relation to career routes and job roles available

Work Experience Year 10 Evaluations

Each academic year the East Sussex County Council work experience team undertake an online survey for year 10 students who undertook a block week placement.

The key headline questions below are taken from the most recent survey from 2018-19.

Do you have a better understanding of what employers require from their employees?

Yes – 93%

“All employers require punctuality, suitable clothing, a good attitude, good relationships with others and a good standard of work.”

“They look for someone hard-working and innovative, someone they can trust and rely on, and someone who enjoys what they're doing”

Has the placement helped you to make decisions about what you want to do when you leave school?

Yes – 70%

“I already had a few ideas of what would like to do after school and this work experience helped me narrow that down”

“By completing my work experience placement, it has helped me look at a wider area of different job options that I could consider for the future and has taught me to be more open minded about different courses and career paths I could take once I leave school.”

Work Experience Video

This video captures the thoughts of both students and employers about work experience who are based in Manchester.

*East Sussex County Council work experience team were due to film their own videos in March 2020 but they have been postponed until the new academic year.

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