Gaining Work Experience

Work experience is an excellent way to help you to stand out from the crowd. Not only will it enable you to develop many of the skills that graduate employers look for when recruiting, it will assist you in putting the theory behind your degree into practice. There are many opportunities to find and secure work experience through formal placement programmes but you can also gain valuable experience and skills through temporary work, part-time work and positions of responsibility in clubs and societies. Volunteering or work shadowing will also be beneficial in developing skills and giving you insights into the types of jobs and roles available. 

Although many employers will look for related work experience, getting experience from a range of activities adds interest to your CV and gives you lots to talk about at interview. 

Come into Career Destinations, where you will find a range of information on the opportunities available and how to locate them, alternatively explore the following parts of our website:

  • Excel Southampton Placement Programme - Many paid placement opportunities exclusively for University of Southampton undergraduate and taught masters students
  • The Student Consultancy- Experience being a business consultant by working in small teams on a work project for an organisation over 8 weeks in term time. Full training is provided with payment for completed projects
  • Subject and Sector Information - Research your options by seeing what others have done with your subject or finding out more about a sector
  • Work Experience - Useful websites to help you find internships, vacation work and working holiday opportunities
  • Part-Time Work -Information on finding part time work to complement your studies
  • Voluntary Work - Links to unpaid work experience opportunities
  • Speculative applications - tips on how to approach organisations when nothing is being adverised.