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Work experience and volunteering

Work experience is increasingly important these days when applying for uni or looking for work, as employers and universities don't just look at your qualifications anymore. Many like to see that you have done some kind of work experience or volunteering work. Whether it is paid or unpaid, a Saturday job or a project for your ‘gap year’ before you move on from school or college to higher education, the wealth of skills you can gain is invaluable and sets you up for the future.

Do Search for volunteering opportunities, locally and nationally.

V Inspired: Find local and national volunteering opportunities for 14-25 year olds.

Prospects – Gap Years: Offers comprehensive information about gap years, ideas to inspire your own gap year and current opportunities that are available.

UCAS – Gap Years ideas and things to think about: UCAS runt through the pros and cons of gap years, with advice, opportunities and tips.

Independent Gap Advice: Provides independent advice about gap years for young people with a database of recommended gap organisations.

NCS – National Citizenship Service: A personal and social development residential programme for 15-17 year olds that is funded by the government. You will gain a variety of skills and get the chance to work in the local community.