Step four: identifying an employer

You have narrowed your options, decided on the type of work experience you want, now it’s time to find an employer or employers to approach.

Typically, there are three main ways to do this.

 Talk to your school or college

Find out who at your school or college is responsible for work experience and ask them if they have any contacts with local employers.

They may work with an Enterprise Coordinator or adviser who can direct you to an employer working with schools in your area.

 Keep it in the family

Speak to your parents/carers, family members, or someone you trust as they may have contacts through their own networks who you can approach. In this instance it is a good idea to ask them to make initial contact with the employer.

The direct approach

Identify an employer you would like to work for. Find out if they run a formal on-site or virtual work experience scheme. If they don’t, then think about contacting them directly to ask if they would offer you a work experience opportunity.


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