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Why it’s vital to make work experience succeed online

2020 saw many work experience opportunities for students become unavailable as face-to-face contact became nearly impossible at times.

For students, this means there were less chances out there for them to experience the world of work and dive into what could be their future career. It also means they may have missed out on gaining the valuable skills learnt through these experiences.

But it is not only important for students to keep these opportunities available – it is good for businesses as well. According to research conducted by the Institute of Student Employers in the UK, students who undertook work experience were more likely to find a permanent job and stay in one role for longer than their counterparts. Making sure students learn vital work skills now will benefit employers down the track once these students enter the job market.

To counter this effect, some businesses and organisations made a change and took their work experience programs online. Monash University had a huge success with their virtual Hands on Health program, as did the CSIRO with their virtual program. Going virtual made work experience opportunities more accessible to students than ever, as Monash showed through their program, with 47% of participants coming from interstate – an opportunity they would not have had with their usual face-to-face program.

With no clear end to the COVID-19 pandemic in sight, it is now more important than ever for businesses and organisations to take advantage of virtual work experience opportunities. And even into the future, online and virtual experiences will have a huge benefit for regional and rural students who may not have access to the same opportunities as metropolitan students.

If you’re looking for virtual and face-to-face opportunities to share with your students, you can take a look at the Study Work Grow Work Experience Database.

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