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5 Ways to get your Foot into the Digital Industry

27th April 2016

“Experience required” is something you’ll begin to hate in any job opening; what if you don’t have any work experience yet? Luckily, there is more than one way to easily gain the experiences employers want, and more. We’ve compiled the best methods to gain experience and develop your skills to get the job.

Volunteer roles

Volunteering allows you to make a difference, meet new people and take on a challenge; something an employer values in their employees. Volunteering also allows you to boost your confidence, self-esteem and presentation skills as well as teaching you how to manage your workload and how to budget. Although some opportunities require certain skills, many you will pick up with experience.

Internships

Much like applying for a voluntary position, an internship provides you with the opportunity to work in a business to gain experience; and many offer a small salary. An internship provides you with the hands on experience you would otherwise struggle to gain and the chance to prove your skills to both the employer and yourself.

Traineeships

Enrolling on a traineeship programme allows you to get ahead of the game, and your peers.  Traineeships teach you the skills employers focus on when hiring a new employee, and can be tailored to meet your needs. Traineeships involve several weeks of work preparation, which could include learning job-related skills, as well as a period of valuable work experience in your chosen industry.

Apprenticeships

Perfect for school, college or even university graduates, an apprenticeship provides you with the opportunity to get hands-on experience whilst earning a wage. Despite the common misconceptions, your skills will be transformed whilst working towards a career you love.

Online courses

Take the initiative to enrol on some free online training courses provided by accredited businesses, such as Google or those provided by the Digital Marketing Institute. If you want to go a step further, why not study a paid digital course or take part in a digital-related course at either college or university? Or undertake an extracurricular activity? It doesn’t necessary have to be in the role you’d like to pursue in the future either as skills can be transferred between roles.

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