Work Experience at Boundary Oak

At Boundary Oak the unique nature of our school allows us the wonderful opportunity of arranging bespoke, one day, work experience visits in our Senior school. Over the past year we have been able to send pupils on incredible visits to motorsport workshops, the West End of London, the Air traffic control centre and to Rolls Royce in the Midlands. All these visits are tailored made to the individual pupil and in, so doing , afford them the opportunity of seeing first hand what is involved in these career areas and most importantly engage them in the ever changing modern world of work.

Work experience is an important step on our pupils career development at Boundary Oak. So, in addition to the above opportunities, all pupils in Year 10 or 11 will participate in a weeks work experience in a careers sector of their choosing. Upon returning to Boundary Oak all pupils will undertake a full debrief and follow up work to ensure that the experience is both a rewarding and valuable experience. In the build-up to the experience pupils will learn how to create their own CV as well as gaining experience in interview technique.

Here are 10 reasons why you should think about it seriously.

Young people are more likely to be successful in their job hunt if they have done some good work experience. Fact.

Want some evidence? Well, over half of the graduate recruiters that took part in a recent research study by Highfliers said that, “graduates who have had no previous work experience at all are unlikely to be successful during the selection process and have little or no chance of receiving a job offer for their organisations’ graduate programmes.”

If you haven’t got a clue what career you want to do, work experience is a perfect way to sample all the career options out there. It’s a way of exploring different jobs without actually committing to anything. You can dip your toe in the water without taking the full plunge.

It’s the best way to get a real sense of your chosen industry. You’ll get to speak to employees and ask them questions. You won’t know what it’s like until you get closer to the action.

Doing work experience shows passion and interest. Evidence that you have done work experience shows the employer that you are motivated to get into a chosen career and that you’ve done your homework.

If you’re floundering about and frankly aren’t that bothered about your career, work experience might just be the motivation you need.

Work experience gently introduces you to the world of work. Vitally, it’ll give you an idea of the skills you might need to thrive in the workplace.

It helps you to identify your own skills and perhaps even highlight the areas that you might want to work on, it’ll definitely give you a good understanding of your strengths and weakness.

You might make such a good impression that you manage to gain a part time job out of it.

It will help you build up contacts and, you never know, they might even give you a heads up about a future job or recommend you to another company.

Work experience gives you something to put on your CV and shows a future employer that you have spent time in the world of work.


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