LMS News reports: Work Experience

Budding pupil journalists have been researching the impact of work experience, read their full news report.

This news report is written by LMS News pupil reporters:

Work Experience - was it worth it?

With our Year 10's return from Work Experience, our LMS News Reporters get the scoop.

What actually is the point of work experience?

Work experience is something that year 10s and 12s go through to see what the world of work is actually like. This is a really good idea for people trying to work out what sort of career they want to pursue when older - participating in work experience could really help them make their mind up.

But, is work experience for everyone?

Some would argue yes, work experience is for everyone because people learn lots about themselves, the line of work they might go into and gain more confidence while doing so. However, other people may find work experience a little stressful. This could be telling them something - that they don’t want to go into that line of work, perhaps.

Should work experience be compulsory?

We believe that work experience should be compulsory in years 12 to 13 because at this time people are looking into lines of work that they could be doing in the future. However, in year 10 we think that work experience should be optional as many people don’t know what they want to do in the future at that point in their lives.

On the other hand, no matter when you do work experience you should make the most of the time you spend there.

Our top tips for work experience:

  • Start looking for placements early and don’t panic if you can’t find anywhere to start with.
  • Apply to lots of places as you never know who will and who won’t accept you for work experience.
  • Meet with your employer/supervisor beforehand.
  • Contact your employer a few times before you go so they know you mean business and plan the initial meet up.
  • Research where you are going to go – the last thing you want is to make a bad impression by turning up late on your first day. Figure out your transportation.
  • Find out if you need to pack a lunch.
  • Dress nicely the first day because it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • You may be nervous but if you get past the first day, you’ll find it’s not as bad as you may think.
  • Try and learn your colleagues’ names.

So, what do people say about their work experience?

When asked if everyone liked work experience, four out of five said they did. This proves what an unexpectedly fun time it is. One said they had “partly enjoyed it” showing that there may be some aspects of work experience people don’t enjoy.

It also proved to be a positive learning experience as three out of five pupils said they learnt a lot. They were also asked if it benefited them and three said it did, citing aspects such as it being “a different and exciting experience” which gave them “good speaking and communication skills”.

Overall, many people found that work experience was very beneficial. It was a good experience that “showed people our age what the world of work was like”. However, many people weren’t sure that they wanted to go into their initial chosen placement as a future career, so they will be looking to gain experience in different areas/types of work in year 12.