Work Search – How Do I Get Experience?

Work Search – How Do I Get Experience?


Hi, I’m Rachel with ALIS, the Alberta Learning Information Service. Are you wondering how
to get work experience? Experience is important, because experience basically shows that you’ve taken the time
to learn a particular skill, or learned something related to that skill, and have genuine interest in this job. You can get experience through volunteering, job shadowing, on the job training and apprenticeships. Get out and meet people in the industry, talk to them about opportunities, look at what your interests are and what you’re capable of doing. Look at your skills, and take a look at what you enjoy doing. By volunteering, it shows that you contribute
to your community willingly, and you’ve taken that step to engage yourself in the task or in the job. Find out more about the on the
job training opportunities in your community. Take a look around and see what’s available. On the job training can be helpful for you, because you can train in
the actual environment that you would be working in. You can see the details and tasks that are included in that job, and whether or not you like those things. Job shadowing is when you
follow someone around at work and learn their skills and
duties throughout the day. You can do this for a certain period of time, and you gain skills through doing this. An apprenticeship is when you’re
combining classroom work with on the job training. Apprenticeship helps you gain experience because you’re getting practical work with theory based knowledge as well. The final way that you can gain
work experience is let everyone know that you’re looking for work, and let them know what type
of work you’re looking for. Let them know what skills you already have, and what you’re willing to do. By doing this, you’re putting the word out and you’re spreading a rumour about yourself, a positive rumour about you and your career. Volunteering, job shadowing and apprenticing are great
ways to gain experience and make you more valuable
to potential employers. For more information,
visit the ALIS website, at…

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