Introduction to work experience in Year 10
Work experience is your chance to spend time outside the classroom finding out what it’s like to do REAL work for an employer, in a REAL organisation. You will be based at a place of work. This could be a factory, shop or office – or wherever you choose, within reason. You will learn about a job and what work is all about by carrying out duties like a normal employee.
Advice from family and friends
It can be useful to get advice from the people who know you best, but they won’t always know a lot about the career you’re interested in.
Remember – it’s your career. You know what you’re good at and you know what you want to do. Don’t be put off if your dream career means taking a different direction from friends and family.
Advice through school
Teachers will have a good idea of what you can do with the subjects you’re studying. But they only see what you’re like at school, and this might not be the whole story.
For example, you may be quiet in the classroom but spend your spare time producing podcasts or working on hospital radio. If this is the case, there’s nothing to stop you pursuing a career in radio.
It’s worth getting advice from other sources as well, such as the school Careers Co-ordinator.
Helping plan your career
Advice is vital to give you the best possible chance of getting into the career you want.
Finding a rewarding career is important to most people - and it takes a little planning.
There's always room to change your mind, but having a plan will:
- Make sense you're aware of all the routes into your dream career.
- Help you avoid ending up in a job you don't like.
- Make sure you know what you need to do at different stages in your life.