“Nobody ends up where they actually want to be and the whole process is a waste of time”
Anon. quote from year 11 student
Mention the words ‘work-experience’ to students and a high percentage will openly tell you that they are dreading the statutory 2 weeks if they haven’t been through it yet, or if they have, that they thought it was unhelpful.
A lot of students that Student Life has spoken to talk about not getting experience in the industry or with the organisation that they wanted or if they did, not experiencing enough variety of work with the business.
A selection of organisations that we have spoken to talk about unmotivated students, who openly talk about not being placed in their preferred industry and who in a number of cases don’t see out the full work experience period, for a variety of reasons.
A selection of school staff that we have spoken to talk about bearing the brunt of student, parent and ‘employer’ negative feedback, but not having a viable solution to the annual event.
However, what if this work experience wasn’t just concentrated into 2 weeks in June? What if, along with the statutory requirement for work experience, experiencing the workplace could be a year round event?… and what if students and employers alike could guarantee a match?
Do you want to help shape a unique digital platform for students to source experience of different workplaces? We are putting together a student-led steering group which will revolutionise the way that students and alumni can gain valuable experience.
Email: [email protected] for more information.