Work Experience

Work Experience For Students

We encourage all our students to seek out work experience and explore different career paths during their time studying at Dv8.

What are the benefits of work experience?

The beauty of work experience is that you get to try out a role or industry without fully committing to it. You’ll have a clearer idea of the expectations and demands of that position. As part of every course students are expected to complete a work experience placement. You will start to think about this in your first term and look for suitable placements. This experience could be the deciding factor as to what you decide to do after Dv8 as well as gaining valuable employability skills. 

Work experience is great for developing both new skills and those that you already possess. These will include communication skills, practical skills, team work and working independantly. When at interviews, you can talk about how you used these skills in a professional environment. You’ll also improve your confidence, maturity and knowledge.

Have you ever heard the expression it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”? Well it definitely helps to have connections when it comes to work. Internships and work experience offer the chance to meet new professionals and industry experts.  Who knows who you’ll meet and what opportunities might come your way? 

You can learn skills and grow confidence at school and in college, but there are some skills and practices that you can only learn in the workplace, and work experience can introduce you to them early. You’ll also quickly learn the dos and don’ts of the workplace – Punctuality and politeness. “I want to employ someone who is always late” said no boss ever!!  

If you want to get ahead of your competition then work experience is going to help you do that. If you have the same qualifications as another job interviewee, your work experience is going to stand out and make you look like a more valuable candidate. Experience is just as important as qualifications when it comes to getting that first great job.

Internships and work experience often lead to full or part time paid positions. Perform well and you might be offered a permanent position once you have finished your Dv8 course. 

Yekerz making a short film

Through a guest talk at Dv8 I gained an internship at QM Records, a Brighton based record label and events company, and I'm absolutely loving working with them. I have a passion for music and so putting visuals to audio is really enjoyable. I have now worked with numerous musicians and bands from Brighton and the local area who all have a strong social media presence which means the content I'm creating for them is really getting seen! The work I've been able to get involved with off the back of this internship has been phenomenal; photo-shoots, event posters, live session videos, photography at live gigs and videos, and now I'm moving into creating music videos.

James - Media Production Student

  • Looking for resources to help get you started thinking about and looking for work experience? 

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Are you a local organisation based around Brighton or Bexhill?

We have over 150 students across both our campuses looking for meaningful work experience placements throughout the year.

If you would like to give one of our hard working young people the opportunity to learn new skills and a first hand experience of the world of work, we would love to hear from you.

Please email melanie.parr@dv8sussex.com to express your interest in giving a student a work experience placement. 

Work Experience Week: March 2020

Did you know that getting yourself a work experience placement is a part of your qualification?

To help you achieve this, we’re giving you a dedicated work experience week in March where you can go out to work with an employer and we can help support you in having a successful and meaningful placement. Each placement must be a minimum of three days.

If you need a hand in finding work experience or contacting employers please speak to your tutor for guidance and potential ideas. Please also speak to them if you have any concerns about working.

You can also speak to  the Marketing & Recruitment Department in Brighton who has a range of contacts available that are happy to take on students for work experience.

We will be organising a social action project that you may be able to get involved with during that week as your placement. Once again, please speak to your tutor or Mel Parr (Student Services Manager)  for more information

Work Experience Week