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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:

Useful links to support you in gaining work experience with Skills Launchpad Plymouth

Make sure you feel ready to get back out there – check out the support available if you are feeling anxious, confused, lost or overwhelmed

Consider becoming a volunteer to gain valuable new skills and experience

Make an informed choice locally. Find out about Plymouth’s current employment picture and learn about our industry sectors which are growing fast creating new job opportunities now and in the future

Too much choice out there? You can always learn more about your career options

Get your own free impartial 1-1 Careers and Skills Plan with National Careers Service

Develop yourself through further study and training opportunities

Gain work experience through volunteering

Find out more on the Volunteering page