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.
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.
- Looking for resources to help get you started thinking about and looking for work experience?
Start with these:
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 email@example.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