What is Work Experience?
During Transition Year, and sometimes in pre-Leaving Cert. years, students around Ireland take time out from their studies to get work experience. These valuable opportunities are a chance to see what it might be like to work in an area you are interested in when you finish your education, and may be highly influential in your future career choices. This may be because you really liked the work and want to continue with it, or because you didnít like it and decide to change direction.
You gain work experience through a placement with an employer, which typically involves working alongside professionals as they go about their daily business. It is an excellent opportunity to observe what skills are being used to get the job done successfully, as well as developing some of those skills yourself. Behaving maturely and taking up the responsibility necessary to succeed in the workplace are also important steps in your personal development.