How many students were able to find work experience during the pandemic? Did employers move most placements online? What proportion of opportunities were paid versus unpaid, and which did students find most useful? Prospects' Early Careers Survey seeks to provide answers to these questions and more…
- Less than a fifth (17%) of students had undertaken work experience in the last 12 months.
- Lack of work experience was the main struggle for job-seeking university students.
- Around three quarters of students found work experience useful in developing their skills.
- Paid, longer-term and face-to-face experiences were most useful.
- Despite the pandemic, work experience was predominantly face-to-face.
- The majority of student work experience was unpaid.
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Early Careers Survey 2021: Work experience during a crisis
This report includes information on the following themes:
- availability of work experience
- work experience provision
- the value of work experience
- unpaid work experience
- implications for employers and careers professionals.
About the report
Prospects surveyed its audience throughout January and February 2021 to find out about their career plans and how the pandemic has affected their decisions. The survey received 7,189 responses, and the findings will be published as a series of reports covering work experience, career plans, career guidance, and postgraduate study. The second part, jobs, apprenticeships and postgraduate study, is available now.
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