Internships and other work experiences
Internships and other work experiences

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Internships and other work experiences

4 What I hope to gain from this course

There are many reasons why someone might choose to undertake a course about internships and other work experiences, and identifying which of those resonate the most with you will help you to focus your attention on relevant aspects of the content as you progress through each week. The next activity will help you to do this.

Activity 4 What I want to know about internships and other work experiences

Timing: Allow about 10 minutes for this activity

Look at the list below and identify the reason(s) most relevant to you for studying this course:

  • I want to know what my options are
  • I want to know what an internship is and why everyone says I must do one
  • I’d like to explore the skills and experience I could develop through work experience
  • I’d love to do some work experience but I don’t know where to find it
  • I want to identify the best work experience for me and my career plans
  • I’ve done lots of work experience already and it isn’t helping me to secure the right job, so I want to understand what I’m doing wrong
  • I’ve got an internship coming up and I need to know how to make the most of it
  • I’ve heard that employers sometimes exploit their interns and I want to avoid that happening to me
  • I’ve applied for lots of work experience opportunities and I haven’t even had an interview
  • I’m a mature career changer and I need to gain some experience that is relevant to my current and future plans.
  • I’d like to explore more flexible approaches to work experience.
  • Other (type your ideas below)
To use this interactive functionality a free OU account is required. Sign in or register.
Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).

Discussion

All the issues raised in this activity will be addressed in this course. Keep a note of the ones that were most important to you and refer to your list as you progress. Tick them off as your questions are answered.

INT_1

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371