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Increasingly, work experience is vital for you to get a foot in the door. It can also be a very useful way of earning money whilst you study and perhaps more importantly can give you a head start over less experienced applicants when applying for graduate jobs. In the increasingly tough world of graduate recruitment, any advantage you have over other job seekers is crucial. Recruiters in companies and organisations of all shapes and sizes now want graduates to provide evidence on their CVs and in interviews that they have some knowledge of working life. Many students also rate work experience as the single most helpful factor in choosing how and where to start their careers.
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Above all, work experience can give you the ideal preparation for future interviews, as you will have examples and experiences to bring up at the interview. Having had some form of practical experience in the workplace, you'll be able to overcome difficult interview questions by applying your knowledge. Being able to put relevant work experience on your CV will also help you to obtain more interviews. You will also be able to demonstrate a range of qualities, such as:
Work experience placements give you practical experience of all these skills and employers will look for evidence that you have obtained them.
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