How Do You Get Work Experience When You Don’t Have Enough?

Do You have less than the Required Work Experience to Start Working in your desired Industry?

If you’re starting out in your career, the first difficulty and arguably the hardest is actually starting! Most of us know of the job search catch 22 that has become a meme – you apply for a job to get experience, but you don’t have the experience to get the job. So how do you get the experience?




Fortunately, you have some options:


Graduate Roles

Graduate roles are the choice of many graduates coming out of college.  The benefits are clear – you get to go straight into paid work with a career path already forged. Big companies generally provide full training programs for the grads they take on every year which sees them spend time in different departments over the course of the year. Often the sacrifice college graduates make is choosing a career that they did not intend to pursue when they selected their college course. Many will go into an accounting graduate role after graduating in a different field.



This is often the best bet for young people to break into an industry that requires experience. There are a few variables to consider as they come in all types and sized. Questions to consider are – Is it paid or unpaid? Is it full time or part time? How long is the internship?  This can be a great way to gain experience and may lead to a permanent role at the end of it.


Work Placement During College

For some courses, this is non-negotiable. Placements are mandatory for many college courses so that the students gain the necessary experience to start their career upon graduation. Students in nursing do many work placements throughout their degree. In other courses, students are sometimes offered the option of doing a work placement for a semester, studying abroad or continuing their studies in their home college. Choosing the work placement option will stand you in good stead when you come out of college.



Get Transferable Skills

This could be seen as taking the long route towards the job you want. If your CV lacks any type of work experience and an internship or work placement sounds unattractive to you, you can open up the possibilities and apply for a wider range of posiitions that have less strict work experience requirements. Although it may not be in the field that you would like to be working in, this can give you working experience that future employers will still like to see and transferable skills that will help you with your future roles. Furthermore, you could save while working this job so that you can afford to take another option such as an internship.


These are some of the options that will help you gain that first bit of experience that is stopping you in your tracks from making that difficult transition into the industry you want to enter. When a lack of work experience is your weakness, you will need to write your CV in a way that minimises this fault and makes the most of your other strengths. You can read our blog on how to design and write your CV when you have little work experience here: