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Gain work experience 

Build your CV with work experience

If you’ve held the same job for a number of years or perhaps want to change career paths you may feel you don’t have all the skills a new employer or a new role requires. It may even stop you applying for something you know that you could do really well in. Work experience is a great way to build up your skills, enhance your CV and show employers you’ve got what they need from transferable skills to job-relevant skills. You can also test out a career to see if you like it before you fully invest in up-skilling or retraining. Impress potential employers with the skills you’ll gain from committing to work placements, internships and volunteering. 

Finding work experience as an adult is largely to do with who you know, as well as who you know knows! As long as you are prepared to work hard and be professional, there is no reason why you should be embarrassed to request work experience as an adult, as long as you’re prepare to do it for free.

Start your search and learn more here:
  • Need some inspiration for your career options?
    With so many career choices, it can be hard to decide! Use the links below to find the right path for you. Skillsometer - discover what jobs you might like to do Icould - discover your personality and what jobs might suit you NCS Skills Assessment - discover your skills and what jobs might suit you Careers Pilot Go Construct - construction specific Prospects Job Services - for graduates Target Careers UCAS
  • Not sure how to start? Check out these useful links to support you
    Make sure you feel ready to get back out there – check out the support available if you are feeling anxious, confused, lost or overwhelmed. Plymouth has lots of growing industries that will have many job openings in the future. One of them could be for you! Find out more. Get your own free Careers and Skills Plan with National Careers Service. Develop yourself through further study and training opportunities. Find out where to find jobs in Plymouth.
  • Need to talk through your options?
    Pop in and see us on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Barclays in Plymouth Centre or sign up as a member, we'd be happy to help. Or if you'd rather speak to someone on the phone, call the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900. They can help to identify what career is best for you and the skills that could be useful in a range of different apprenticeship roles.
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