This week, I spent a day at Immediate Network, where I was given an insight into both the marketing and publishing industries.
I think work experience is important because it is a perfect way to sample the career options out there. At 14, I am left clueless with a career path in mind. With work experience I can explore different jobs without having to commit to anything. I was able to speak to employees and ask different questions, from the design of HTML newsletters to the data analytics of the company.
I am interested in studying English at university, so my day gave me the chance to witness the industry and have an idea of the skills I need to thrive in the workplace. By identifying my own skills, I could highlight the areas I wanted to work on and clarify my strengths and weaknesses. During your day in the industry, you can analyse what happens in a typical day on the job. Getting a realistic idea of the positive and negative parts of a job helps you make a more informed choice.
According to a new report from the International Labour Organisation, global youth unemployment will continue to rise over the next five years, with a staggering 75 million young people unemployed. Young people should be encouraged to go on work experience because they will have a greater understanding about what to do later on, and the numbers of young people dropping out of work will decrease. They can learn about related jobs in the same field, which could give more ideas about what kind of career they might go in to.
An employer is more likely to consider somebody who has made the effort to find out about the job and who has shown enthusiasm and commitment for their path. It will make a good impression on a prospective future employer and enhance your CV.
I think it is critically important that people take advantage of finding out more about the work they want to do by undertaking work in that area, instead of leaving it until after their A Levels and feeling perplexed about choosing their career.
Investing the time to find out more about a career differs you from those out there who wait until the end of A Levels. It prepares you for the world of work.
Full disclosure: Immediate Network is the publisher of the Daily Blot.