Hia, I hope everything’s ok with you. I’m still busy preparing for my personal performance next week. All of the full information on that will be posted in next week’s blog. I’ve been busy trying to find some placements this week as I’m graduating in a few months and need to get my act in gear to finding a proper job when I leave the safe bubble of student life 🙁 I know you probably associate work exerience with school during your year 10 and 12 work experience weeks when most of you probably don’t have a clue what you want to do, start to panic and go wherever your friends are going. I’m saying this because that’s what I did! However, hopefully by the time you come to university you’ll have a fair idea of what line of work you want to go down in and that’s when it’s more important than ever to get some work experience. It looks really good on your CV, showing that you are keen to work, reliable and have had reasonable experience in the industry you will be looking for work in a few years time.
I’ve just completed a week of work experience with Boomerang, a TV company, who has given me a lot of experience in the line of work I want to pursue after graduating. I got the chance to edit a few programmes, go into the control room and find and create props with a researcher for a children’s TV programme. Along with the experience I also met a lot of people from the industry, which is always useful because the more people you know the higher the chances are of you getting employed. I’ve also just received confirmation of my work experience with Tinolpolis and ITV Wales two TV Companies that I will be joining for a week in the next few months! So, this should be a very good experience for me!
But, these work experiences weren’t handed to me on a plate, I had to phone them up constantly and go into their office, showing my face and nag them for a place. Getting into the TV industry is hard and it’s the same story pretty much accross the field which ever industry you’d like to go into. Just keep nagging and eventually you will get a place with a company! For more handy tips on finding work experience and to find a few companies in Wales that are looking for people like you for just a week or more visit http://www.gowales.co.uk/en/Graduate. Or to search for work placements across the UK go to http://www.prospects.ac.uk/work_experience.htm.
But work experience doesn’t necessarily have to mean your ideal job. It can also be a part –time job just as something to keep you going financially. This is a really good idea if you are struggling for money during your time at university and also looks good on your CV that you are experienced in the working world. Just make sure it doesn’t interfere too much with your academic and social life.
My tip of the week is to get out there and get some sort of experience in the working world whether you are in Year 10 or Year 13 or unsure of what you want to do, any work experience is good experience because even if you didn’t like it at least then you can tick that field off your list of possible careers. Also with good work experiences they will enable you to create the path that you want to lead, give you a chance to meet a few contacts and will make you more employable.
Get searching (and nagging)! Sian x