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The importance of work-based learning

By Claire Hayes-Bowlzer | October 8, 2021

Work experience is an essential part of higher education. It can teach skills that cannot be learnt in the classroom. Whilst it may seem daunting, the benefits for students are evident through statistics, but I can also speak from experience. I was lucky to be working part time at hue whilst studying at university, enabling me to put what I learnt into practice. Work experience is something I would recommend to all students for the following reasons:

Enhancing your CV and job applications

Having work experience on your CV is an advantage when applying for jobs. It shows you have a passion and knowledge of the field of work. This will set you apart from other applicants.

Choosing a career

Work experience in your chosen field can help you decide if it is truly what you want to do as a long-term career. When working at different placements, it becomes clearer whether you are following the right path for you.

Understanding the topic you’re studying in the ‘real world’

When studying, it is often the case that you have to ‘tick certain boxes’ in order to pass. This doesn’t apply when working in industry. By taking a work placement, you can re-enforce skills that you have learnt and understand how these are applied in ‘real world’ situations.

Self-development

Other than developing your skills relevant to the area of work, placements can also improve interpersonal skills through networking, meetings and being in a work environment. These are key life skills that will assist you in flourishing in the workplace. 

Overall, whilst work experience may be a step out of your comfort zone, it’s worth it in the long run, and is a huge stepping stone towards a successful career.