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Internships and other work experiences
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2.1 Adaptability/flexibility

This is increasingly important in today’s workplace, where rapid digital developments and constant change are the norm. Employers are looking for staff who are adaptable and resilient when faced with change.

You can build your adaptability during your work experience by following the advice below.

  • Be open to changes in your schedule or work plan, even if it initially feels uncomfortable.
  • Take every opportunity to learn new skills; keeping up to date with new developments in technology, for example, will give you more flexibility.
  • Communicate clearly with those around you. It’s easier to adapt if you understand why change is needed.
  • When things don’t go to plan, reflect on what you’ve learned from the experience and what you would do differently the next time.

If your work experience takes place in an organisation where change is underway, use this as an opportunity to observe how your colleagues are reacting to it. As a temporary member of staff, you might feel less personal impact than they do but you could talk to them about how they are approaching it and feeling about it. What can you learn from their reactions? Are they being flexible?

Top tip: experiencing change is easier if you take an active role.

Remember, by choosing to take on an internship, part-time job or secondment etc. you are demonstrating your adaptability by pro-actively introducing something new and different into your life.