5 Reasons why a Work Placement could be the best career decision you ever make

Graduates

Work Placements are proven to give you the experience, confidence and skills you need to make the best start to your career.  GO Wales has been organising Work Placement opportunities for students and graduates for many years so here are our top five reasons why a work placement could be the best career decision you ever make;

1.       You can’t beat firsthand experience

Gaining firsthand experience in a commercial environment will give you the chance to put your academic studies into practice. The new skills and knowledge you learn will be invaluable to you whether you’re returning to study or applying for your first graduate role.

 2.       Small business benefits

A vast majority of Work Placements available through Work Placement schemes are hosted with small businesses. Working for a small business will give you the opportunity to learn about all aspects of running an enterprise as you’ll be part of a close-knit team.  Having a chance to work across all departments including; finance, IT and marketing will put you in good stead for the future.

3.       Extra cash

Earning extra money on your journey to self-improvement is never a bad thing! Many work placements and internships offered through schemes like GO Wales are paid so you can earn during the summer or when you graduate.

4.       An enhanced CV

Your CV is going to stand out head and shoulders above the rest if you demonstrate to employers that you have relevant experience.  Taking part in a work placement will show that you have taken the initiative to seek work in a field that you are interested in, make the most of this opportunity by including your personal and professional work placement achievements on your CV.

5.       Improved chances of employment

65% of graduates who take part in a GO Wales work placement gain longer term employment with the company they worked with. It’s no secret that organisations are more likely to offer a student or graduate further work if they have already gained work experience with that company.

Make the most of this experience; it’s your chance to gain a foot in the door of a company or industry which could give you the very best start to your career. Good luck!

GO Wales offer a range of work experience and training opportunities for students and graduates in Wales. www.gowales.co.uk