When you're in S4, your teachers will help you arrange your work experience.
Some schools run work experience schemes for older pupils too, helping you get ready for things such as:
- taking on an apprenticeship
- taking on a job straight from school
You do not have to leave it to your teachers to organise. You can volunteer at a charity, speak to local businesses you're interested in or simply get in touch with companies yourself.
Career Adviser Iain Dalgleish's advice
Think about what you want to get it out of it. Do you want to find out more about a particular career area or specific job?
Think about who you know (friends, family, neighbours) that might be able to help you. They might know someone that does the job you want to do or perhaps be able to offer you a placement themselves. Speak to as many people as you can. The more people you speak to, the better chance you have of getting a placement that's going to suit you.
If you do not have any contacts through people you know, you could try approaching employers yourself. Always try to contact the manager whether it's by:
- in person
If you phone or go in person, explain to the person you speak to first who you are and why you're there and then ask if you can speak to a manager. You want to create a good impression right from the start, so remember to smile. If the manager is not available at the time, ask if you can leave your phone number or email address for them to get back in touch with you.
Some employers will appreciate that you've taken the time and effort to do it and may be more likely to offer you a placement.