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Durham University

Careers & Enterprise Centre

Other Work Experience

Speculative Applications

Work experience isn't always advertised, particularly with in the media, third sector and with smaller organisations, so it's always worth applying speculatively to companies/organisations you're interested in.

Ensure you research the organistion fully. In your application, demonstrate a good awareness of what they do, explain why you are keen to be part of it and suggest where you might best make a valuable contribution. A proactive and well-researched approach such as this could secure you a place in a highly competitive field.

Work Shadowing

Work shadowing is an unpaid learning experience within a organisation. Such short 'tasters' usually comprise a few days of shadowing employees and give you the chance to try out various tasks.

Part Time & Vacation Work

The Student Employment Service (SES) is part of Careers & Enterprise and:

  • Helps students find and apply for local part time work, and work experience, in and around Durham and Stockton
  • Helps employers find students to fill regular, seasonal, casual and ad hoc vacancies
  • Provides advice on employment issues to students, employers and colleagues, and;
  • Coordinates regular and ad hoc University departments have, ensuring that, as far as possible, opportunities within the University that can be done by a student are.