Work experience is essential. It facilitates graduate employment and also builds valuable skills that support employability more generally. Nearly two-thirds of recruiters warn that graduates with no previous work experience at all are unlikely to be successful.
Almost all leading UK graduate employers offer work experience programmes for students and recent graduates. The importance of work experience is echoed by the European talent acquisition manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, where a variety of work experience and placement schemes are in operation: “We see work experience as key. While it’s great if a candidate has been on a formal programme, any customer-facing role can be very helpful.”