Be informed about the future
Criticism about careers advice services within education institutions has been plentiful of late, most recently with a YouGov poll highlighting that one in 10 adults regret basing study choices on poor career advice while at school. Businesses too, have long been vocal about the lack of work ready skills being displayed by those fresh out of school, college or university. Yet, work experience has the potential to address both of these issues, so why is it not being prioritised by educators and employers?
When discussing work experience in the office it is often met with sighs, followed by comments along the lines of: ‘what’s the point, they won’t add much but will need constant support’. But is the real issue more to do with lack of planning on the organisation’s behalf, not maximising the opportunity work experience presents?
There are plenty of work experience schemes on the market, but unfortunately many placements aren’t planned sufficiently – meaning organisations are ill prepared for when the work experience student arrives.