Choosing a Work Experience Placement

Don’t worry if you’re still not sure about the kind of career you want. Work experience is a great way of trying out a career to see if it’s for you.

Before you start to look into what specific careers it can be helpful to think about what you like to do and where you feel your strengths lie.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What are my favourite subjects at school or college?
  • What subjects am I good at and which ones do I find more difficult?
  • What do I enjoy doing outside school or college? Could I turn my hobby into a career?
  • What jobs have I heard about or seen other people doing? Could I see myself doing any of these jobs?

It can be helpful to speak to friends, family members and your teachers about their careers and how they got there. These conversations will help you start to get an idea of what different jobs are like and what qualifications and experiences you will need for particular careers.

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