As London tentatively embraces the summer heat and as exams for AS students approach their long awaited end; you would be forgiven for spending a few days catching up on the sleep you sacrificed during your intense period of revision.
However, you will soon come to realise that the end of exams do not mean the end of college just yet. Yes I know how it feels, last year I also experienced the shock that comes with realising that there are still AS To A2 weeks to get through but there is also something else that is extremely important about the opportunity these weeks provide.
Work experience. Yes you may have done two weeks when you were in year ten but that was two years ago. The thing I would like to stress about work experience is that you never know where you may get offered a placement if you simply ask. Last year, I was not really enthusiastic about it but a casual conversation with a trainee teacher led to a brilliant week at a national newspaper and a further week this year.
So whichever field you are interested in, contact relevant companies, talk to people who may have some links or contacts and you will most likely be rewarded for that small effort. The larger companies which look good on your CV are more likely to offer you a place if you contact them personally or through someone they already know. This shows you are serious about doing work experience and that you are not simply being forced to by your college.
You already know the benefits of doing work experience and in today’s economic climate, these benefits have become ever more important. A great thing about doing it now is that if you maintain a good relationship with the company, they will allow you to spend more time there throughout next year and they may even offer you a job whilst you are at university.