You can benefit incredibly from doing work experience, whether it's just a day of shadowing to a few weeks of work. Here are my tips for getting the most out of your time:
- Make a good first impression
Let people remember you for the right reasons, and they'll be more likely to invite you back or recommend you to others.
- Have a constantly positive attitude
No matter what, always be happy and polite.
- Be confident
Show energy, enthusiasm and make yourself approachable.
- Ask questions
Engage in meaningful conversation with people. You will be surrounded by people with similar interests to yours, who will know everything you will need to learn to survive in the business. Asking questions and actively searching for knowledge is the only way to improve.
- Make contacts
Keep any info you are given: phone numbers, email addresses... These are priceless tools for getting further opportunities, work experience or paid.
Keep a work experience diary!
Note down new things you do and learn, people you meet, things you want to remember. Read over it when you're feeling a little stuck, confused or demotivated - it'll remind you of what can be achieved and how you are moving forward with your dream job!
Do you have any tips on how to make the most of your work experience? Share them in the comments!