Work experience is direct exposure to work and workplaces.
It includes a wide range of things such as:
- job tours and visits to workplaces
- job shadow days
- short or ongoing work experience placements
- casual, part-time or full-time work.
Work experience can be paid or unpaid. It can be a great way to get an idea of what sorts of jobs and environments you like and are good at. It can also help you work out what you might need extra support with, the training you need to get better at your work and what work doesn’t suit you. It is the same as on-the-job experience but happens when the person is still at school.On-the-job experience is direct exposure to work and workplaces. It is the same as work experience but happens after a person has finished school.