Gaining experience

This page describes the various ways you can gain the experience you need to prepare you for a career in health. It explains the benefits of gaining experience, how you can make the most of it and how to go about finding opportunities.

For some courses and jobs in health you have to have some appropriate experience. At the very least, you need to demonstrate that you have found out about the role you are interested in and have some understanding of what the work involves.

work experience student on ward with health professional

Ways of getting experience

Getting some relevant experience is one of the most important things you can do to help find a career in health, so take any opportunity you can. 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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