Last year, UCAS reported that two thirds of graduate recruiters look for candidates with relevant work experience. So, work experience seems pretty important. But why?
Undertaking work experience can allow you to develop soft skills such as teamwork and commercial awareness, provide you with the knowledge and experience needed to preform confidently in interviews, and can even lead to full-time graduate role or longer internships.
As well as internships and placements, work experience includes career-related volunteering and short-term work shadowing.
So, what happens if you find a work experience opportunity but you’re struggling to fund it? Panic not, below are some ways you can either be funded or look for paid experience.
Funding your work experience
Work Experience Bursary Scheme can support the cost of your work experience activities. It is open to all current full-time undergraduate students.
Depending on your circumstances, you can apply for up to £1000 to help towards the costs of travel, accommodation and/or dependent care costs incurred whilst undertaking the work experience.
Lauren, a 2nd year Biochemistry student, used her bursary to fund travel costs to a chemical company in Greater Manchester, and this allowed her to gain essential laboratory-based work experience:
“I was delighted to be awarded a bursary, which covered my travel costs to and from [my work experience]. This meant that I could feasibly gain work experience without having to worry about the cost of travel, and freed me to throw myself into my experience and gain as much as possible from it!”
And the best bit? The 2018 Work Experience Bursary Scheme is now open for applications.
To find out more have a look at our website. We also have a really useful FAQ section to answer any questions about the scheme, but if you’re still stuck, feel free to drop us an email at email@example.com.
Funding your summer internship
The Careers Service advertises summer internships on the CareersLink, which are also a great way to get some work experience, and many of them are paid opportunities. The deadline for internships varies but many applications close soon.
Funding your summer travel
Travel can also be a great way to gain experience. If you’d like to take some time out to travel this summer, you can apply for funding through the Travel Awards. The University offers three Travel Awards based on different criteria. Applications are currently open and the deadline is 16 March 2018.
Funding for a University Summer School
Studying abroad for an entire year can be fun but isn’t for everyone. Attending a Summer School can be a good alternative to spend some time experiencing a different culture without the commitment of a full academic year. Many of the Summer Schools run through the International Programmes Office offer full or partial scholarships. The deadline for applications is 21 March 2018.