Work Experience Letter Opens Doors
It’s often been said that it’s not what you know but who you know. However, when approaching strangers to provide you with work experience, often it is your covering work experience letter that will will be your best chance to make a good first impression.
For high school students thinking about the future, a work experience program can be a fantastic opportunity because of the practical know-how and people skills you can learn in a work environment that just can’t be duplicated in the classroom.
Students who desire a career in very competitive industries, are often advised to undertake relevant work experience, study appropriate subjects at school, or undertake a training program. These can be helpful stepping stones, as they demonstrate to employers and higher education institutions a clear desire to work in that career field and a mastery of some of its basic skills.
However, often the most work placements in the most attractive fields are very competitive. While your school careers adviser and parents will be able to guide you in creating an impressive work experience letter, it is a good idea to not follow any ‘template’ that is given – try to stand out from the crowd.
There are some elements that are important to any job application, and these apply to your work experience letter as well. They include:
- Have your name and contact details clearly displayed – make it as easy as possible for the reader to contact you.
- Demonstrate your interest in their company or industry – do a little research and mention any areas of which you have some knowledge. Do NOT however, request to be placed in a particular department – be available to take whatever job is offered to you. Once you have a foot in the door you can’t see how a company functions, which will give you some insight into career options that you may not have considered.
- Ensure there are no spelling or grammar errors – putting your best foot forward and making a good first impression could mean the difference between being selected and not.
What work experience programs offer
Work experience programs have given many young Australians the opportunity to explore their career options. Through work experience programs, Year 10 students can get a real world look at what they’ll experience if they go into a certain industry.
Students may fall in love with a career as a result of a program, or they may realise that it’s not right for them after seeing what the job entails. As a result of their work experience program, students get a better grip on what career is going to be the best fit for them.
Making contacts that count
Another key benefit of work experience programs is the contacts you make while working on an internship or part-time basis at a firm while you’re in high school. These contacts can help you get into the tertiary program of your choice, help you land your first job and provide valuable mentoring for you as you progress in your field.
Work experience programs give students the opportunity to be engaged in real work situations, to see how the things they’re learning in the classroom are applied in the real world. The letter-writing lessons you’ve learned will be of great value in preparing your work experience letter.