If you wait for adverts to appear offering work experience in some job areas, particularly media-related, you could be waiting a long time, and when they do put in a rare appearance – you’ll be fighting off lots of competition.
So it pays to go out and find the experience yourself via following leads and networking. Read on to see an example of a student doing exactly that over this summer.
‘I went to a Alumni event back in May (Jon Snow from Channel 4 was doing a talk), and one of the panellists in the Q&A session was the editor of The Scotsman, as there was a meet and greet afterwards I made sure I caught him, had a chat, he gave me his card and said to email him about some work experience. I did, and got no response, so emailed him another couple of times before getting a positive response!’
His positive outcome is a result of several things:
- active exploration of the job area by going to relevant events
- being able to talk about himself and his interest in journalism with people who could be helpful
- being (politely) persistent and not being put off by getting no response in the first instance