Gaining experience

Find out about the various ways you can gain the experience you need to prepare for a career in health. We explain the benefits of gaining experience, how you can make the most of it and how to go about finding opportunities.

Many jobs and training courses, such as university degrees and apprenticeships, will need some level of experience. At the very least, you'll need to demonstrate that you have looked into the role you are interested in and have some understanding of what it involves.

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Ways of getting experience

Getting some experience is one of the most important things you can do to help find a career in health. Here is a list of the different ways you can gain experience.

The greater and more varied the experience you have the better, so you could, for instance, do a placement as well as some volunteering.

Relevant experience

Ideally you should try to gain experience in the area of health that interests you. However, any experience in healthcare can be useful because just being in a health environment can give you an insight into the work. If you're considering a university course, make sure you find out what sort of experience they're looking for. Contact them or visit their website. Don't assume!

Thousands of organisations provide healthcare in one way or another. You could consider gaining experience at:

Your role could be to support patients or clients directly, or staff in general, or it may be behind the scenes.

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