Editor's Opinion: Work experience vital to prove dedication
ASK any individual who is looking for work and they will tell you that it is not easy.
But it is out there – there are jobs available, decent ones and ones that will give people satisfaction, money and prospects.
However job-seekers have to put themselves out there.
Obviously that is not always easy – commitments and financial constraints may well mean that some people simply cannot.
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Work experience is one of the best ways of proving your worth, commitment and dedication.
Some may scoff, complaining it is slave labour and exploitation.
Is it? Or is it a means to an end?
If a person is good and goes along to a company offering themselves for work experience, they may just get a break.
If not and they do well, it still looks good on a CV to say you have had experience – and there are the references too.
No, it is not ideal to work for little or nothing – but unfortunately we do not live in an ideal world and people must look at every option available to them.
Work experience is one very valuable option and it should be offered to all young people.
Unfortunately this is slowing disappearing as it is no longer a requirement for schools to offer a work experience option.
What a shame as so many employers complain of young people coming to them with no idea of what is required!
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