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Internships and Work shadowing

If you have some spare time whilst studying your degree, it would be ideal to undertake an internship or job shadowing. This will give you a good indication as to your interests and future career options. Although both offer you an insight into the world of work in your chosen career, they are very different.

Internships

The option of doing an internship provides you with hands on experience and direct contact with people who work in your ideal profession. The advantages of an internship is that it will provide opportunities for you to be trained in areas of your chosen profession, offering you support and knowledge of what the work entails. It is a great opportunity for you to find out if this is really the career path you would like to take. Some companies offer the minimum wage for their graduate interns, so it is worth finding out. Internships usually take place over a period of 4-16 weeks, this can be extended depending on the circumstances of the intern. Internships can be arranged through your university; alternatively you can visit the following website http://internship-uk.com/

Work Shadowing

The option of work shadowing provides you with an opportunity to observe and have direct contact with a person who works in your ideal profession. The advantages of work shadowing are that you are able to see first-hand what it would be like to work in that field and how a day to day working day would operate. Of course, you can always put this on your future application form as work experience. A work shadowing placement usually lasts a few days, but can be extended for a couple of weeks. You are not paid for work shadowing. In order to secure a work shadow placement you should ask your university careers officer, a lecturer or maybe even write to some organisations yourself.

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