Make sure you turn up on time
Turning up on time (or even 5-10 minutes early) will let you your supervisors know that you’re keen to learn and that you’re taking your work experience seriously.
It’s important to look the part.
Think about what the people you’re working with might wear, and try to dress in a similar way. Dressing inappropriately will demonstrate to your lack of suitability to the role. This isn’t to say go and buy a $500 suit, just use what you’ve got, or borrow from a friend. If you’re still not sure what to wear, call your employer and ask.
Treat your work experience like an audition.
You never know where a week’s work experience might take you. Down the track you might be in line for a position with the company you did the work experience for.
Don’t sit around waiting for someone to tell you what to do. Approach people around the office and ask if you can help out.
Do all tasks with energy and enthusiasm.
Your supervisor is more likely to treat you with respect if you do the same for them. So even if you’re asked to do menial tasks like shredding paper – do it with pizzazz.
Take time to sit back and absorb the environment.
It’s amazing how much you will learn just from being in a work environment. Observe how the office operates, and what each person’s role is. Do employees work together? Or do they work as individuals?
Have a chat.
Talk to your colleagues about what they do and how they came to be in that position (i.e. what study and training did they do?) Ask them if they have any advice on making it in the industry. Get a business card or contact details.
Don’t race out of the office at 5 o’clock on the dot!
It’s going to look poor if the clock strikes 5pm and you’re running out the door. If it won’t take all night, finish off the task you’re doing, and ask the person you’re working with if there’s anything else they need you to do before you leave for the night.
Ask for feedback.
Ask your supervisor or whoever you’ve been working with for feedback on the tasks you’ve completed. What did you do well? What can you improve?
Australian Curriculum Links:
Work Studies/Year 10/Career and life design: career development and management
Apply knowledge of self to career decision-making processes.