How to get experience

Employers want graduates who can show they have been active outside of their degree.

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Covid-19 update: Building experience remotely

This is a great time to build on your work experience by taking up a volunteering opportunity that you can do from home.

Remote volunteering roles range from research to befriending someone affected by loneliness, all of which can be done from your home. Visit CareerSPACE to see the volunteering opportunities available.

You can also book an online appointment to discuss the options available to you with our Volunteering Coordinator.

Think about the skills you already have

Alternatively, you can still demonstrate skills and competency even if you have no relevant work experience when applying for work.

Undertaking a degree involves a variety of activities - many of these mirrors the kind of thing you might be asked to a for a graduate job.

For example, you will have experience of working independently and in groups, gained a sense of how to manage your time, become good at communicating your ideas. These are what we call transferable skills, which are valuable in the workplace. 

Book a Quick Query appointment to discuss your set of skills with a Careers Consultant.

Volunteering for Students

Volunteering can help build your experience in two ways. If you have limited or no work experience it can be the first step to a paid job. Or you may have lots of experience just not in the field you want to work in.

Volunteering in a related role can help bridge a gap on your CV. Find out more on our volunteering pages

Part-time work

Part-time work develops skills and provides and reference for future job applications. We have 100s of part-time jobs on our jobs board and you can drop in to see our Part-time Work Co-ordinator.

Work placements

Work placement modules are available in most departments. Check to see if there is one for your programme. They are an excellent way of gaining experience related to your studies.