What is work experience?
Work experience is part of the schools’ educational program where students experience working life, often for the first time. It is the short term placement of secondary school students with employers, to provide insights into the industry, and the workplace in which they are located. Students are placed with employers primarily to observe and learn – not to undertake activities which require extensive training or expertise. It is undertaken at the employer’s premises and has enormous benefits for students as it gives them a chance to:
A teacher will contact the student during their placement and parents are welcome to contact the school if they have any concerns.
What are the expectations of the student?
The emphasis during work experience is always on trying to provide an interesting and valuable placement. To ensure a valuable learning experience, a number of arrangements need to be made. Students are encouraged to:
We understand the importance of work experience and the benefits for students. When available, we offer work experience placements for students throughout the year.
Work experience can provide the following benefits:
Work Experience gives you a chance to try out a career you’ve been considering before you tie yourself in. You’ll get opportunities to try skills, tour the workplace, and see what the job is really about. Rule out roles that won’t suit your talents or lifestyle, and you’ll also be able to meet and speak with other people working in potential roles you could fill.
Without Work Experience, you will need to rely on the accounts of others or what you think the job will be like. There’s nothing like seeing it for yourself, so before you embark on further study or choose subjects make sure you know what the job could really be like.
Work Experience can change how you view your options.