Tag Archives: work

Benefits Of Work Experience

Work Experience

Work Experience

Work experience has been in the headlines recently for all the wrong reasons! Used correctly work experience can be an invaluable learning experience for young people looking to get on the employment ladder or for the older generation wishing to change careers.

Are they exploitative? I think that depends on how they are used. Asking them to come and sweep up the shop floor when they are supposed to be gaining experience in web design would be clear exploitation; asking them to watch an expert at work and give input is surely worth its weight in gold in this competitive employment market.

Our economy is in a mess and our unemployment figures just keep increasing. Young people are told that without experience they can’t get a job and they can’t get experience because they can’t get a job. I think employers should be doing more to encourage young people not deter them from working.

As an employer I want to see people who have shown initiative in gaining experience in their field whether this was paid or not.

Work experience can provide them with an insight into their chosen career, this can also help them realise whether it is the right choice for them. The governments work experience scheme has taken several hits lately and I do appreciate there are definitely some flaws.

There obviously needs to be clear guidelines, companies advertising 12 week unpaid work placements suggests that they just don’t want to pay a temporary work during a particularly busy period.

There are various companies that run a year round “intern” policy, I don’t agree with this, it sounds like companies taking advantage of employees who are desperate to get some work experience but when does it stop becoming work experience and start becoming slave labour?

For me, work placement is a proven way of giving young people their first step on the employment ladder. This should be a couple of weeks learning the ropes and working out whether this is the career for them.

From a recruitment viewpoint a youngster who has applied to different companies requesting some experience shows they are keen and creative with a willingness to learn.

What more do you want from a young recruit? The public are reacting to a scandal that as far as I can see does not exist. The Get Britain Working work experience programme is targeted specifically to unemployed 16 to 24 year olds and offers them unpaid placements ranging to two to eight weeks. This could be a real chance for young people to boost their confidence and skills and get them back on the employment ladder.

Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Turning Your Passion Into A Perfect Career

Have you ever met someone who has the “perfect job” – like the animal lover who’s a great veterinarian or the science whiz who’s a lab technician? What about the people who are good at what they do – but hate getting up every morning to go do it?

Which one are you?

Unfortunately, most people get so wrapped up in making a good salary they head for whatever job will pay them the most. Sure, they get to provide a comfortable lifestyle for their family, but at what price? Is hating what you do worth making some extra money?

What if you could find the best of both worlds?

Some people fall into the perfect job without any effort – like the guy who takes over the family business. The family business is all he’s ever known. He grew up loving it and he’s happy being able to carry on the family tradition and stay close to home.

Unfortunately, a situation like that is pretty rare. That’s because most people decide to leave the nest and head out to see if the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence. If they find out it isn’t, they feel “stuck” in a job they hate.

Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Luckily, though, these decisions aren’t permanent. No matter how old you are – or no matter how long you’ve been working in your current profession – it’s never too late to create a new career path based on your passions. If you think there’s no money in that, think again. As soon as you understand your passions, you’ll discover there’s a big world out there!

Here’s what you need to do:

– Take a step back and examine where you are and how you got there. Figure out exactly what makes you unhappy about your current situation. Even though it’s your life and decisions you’ve made, you’ll probably be amazed when you sit down and carefully think about it all! The blur of the past 5 or 10 years will come into focus and you’ll start to really learn about yourself.

– Think about what you’re passionate about. How can you incorporate them into a career? To do this, you’ll have to be creative and look at your passions from a variety of angles. For example, if you love to travel, why? Does your passion stem from seeing new places? Meeting new people? If you simply enjoy meeting people from all walks of life, look for a job that allows you to do just that.

– Learn everything you can about your passion. Even if you love it, you may not know all there is to know about it. Maybe there’s an angle you haven’t thought of yet you can turn into a business opportunity.

– Don’t confuse your passion for admiration. Just because you admire the great book you just read doesn’t mean you have a passion for sitting down at your computer and working as a writer.

– Remember that everything takes time. The people who are making a good living off of their passions didn’t get there overnight. You generally don’t get to start out doing something you love and making a ton of money. However, if you’re really passionate about it, you’ll enjoy climbing the ladder and gradually seeing more success!

No matter where your passions take you – or what your bank account looks like at the end of the day – you owe it to yourself to get out of your current rut and try something new. Even if it doesn’t work out the way you originally planned, you’ll have fun on the ride!

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,