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2 Taking on additional responsibilities

A good way to both impress your employer and enhance your own learning is to volunteer for extra responsibilities during your work experience.

For example, if your employer is looking for staff to join a focus group or brainstorm some new project ideas over lunch, volunteer to take part. Alternatively, offer to help colleagues with a particular task or activity.

By taking on additional responsibilities you’ll broaden your experience further and you never know what you’ll learn or who you’ll encounter. Working alongside someone in a shared endeavour presents a great opportunity to have an informal conversation and maybe ask some of your questions.

In situations like these it is important to make sure you come across as friendly, open and approachable. Watch this video from ATI-Mirage which explains five ways to be more approachable.

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Something that lots of employers look for in their work experience staff is initiative. Showing initiative is a great way to demonstrate your enthusiasm to learn and you’ll find out more about how to do it in the next section.