How to gain experience
It's important to think about how you can gain the skills and experience you need to make yourself employable in the future as early as possible during your time at university. For most employers a degree is not enough; they'll be looking for evidence of skills gained through other activities such as part-time work, internships, volunteering or involvement in student societies. To get some ideas about how to get involved and develop the skills employers want go to the 'Year by Year' section of our website.
Finding relevant work experience
If you have a career in mind it can be useful to try to gain directly relevant work experience. Not only will this help you to decide whether it is something you'd like to pursue in the future but it can look good on your CV too. Look on SAGE and the volunteering section of our website for relevant part-time, vacation or volunteering opportunities. Also, check out the relevant occupational section of our website for links to sites which may advertise vacancies in a specific career area.
Talk to someone working in a career area of interest to find out if they can give advice on finding relevant work experience. If you don't have any contacts yourself then try our career contacts database.
But remember, it's not always necessary to have relevant work experience to be successful in entering a specific career area on graduation. Many employers are more interested in the skills you have gained throughout your time at university. If you aren't sure then speak to a careers adviser.
If you are studying psychology and are interested in one of the professional areas of psychology then go to 'psychology professions' for more information.