Virtual Work Experience Y10/11
Virtual work experience - why it might help your child stand out
What is virtual work experience?
Virtual work experience, also referred to as online, remote, or digital, provides young people with the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace, develop their skills, boost their employability, and explore new industries and job roles.
It’s a broad term and can include any opportunity which provides young people with an insight into what it’s like to work in an industry or job role while at home. Most virtual work experiences range from half a day to one week, but some may last longer depending on the nature of the work experience and the age of your child.
Not all virtual work experience is the same. Some are open to everyone and provide a platform for students to discover more about the job, view pre-recorded videos on what it’s like to work with the organisation, go on virtual tours and possibly take part in some live Q&A sessions. Others may require your child to go through an application process and offer regular online meetings with a supervisor, individual project work, networking sessions, training opportunities and video tutorials.
What are the benefits of a virtual work placement?
Virtual work placements are open to everyone and location does not need to be a limiting factor. This opens many possibilities for your child to explore new jobs and industries in areas that may not have been possible under face-to-face arrangements.
Most virtual work experience placements are free, although some employers charge for the opportunity; working from home will also mean your child will not incur any travel related costs.
Remote working is likely to be important to many businesses in the future and learning how to conduct business and work online will develop extremely valuable skills for the modern workplace.
It’s not always easy working from home and taking part in virtual work experience placements will help your child develop those soft skills that all employers are seeking, such as organisation, time-management, and self-motivation.
Knowing what’s right (or what isn’t)
Understanding what a job or a career entails might help your child make decisions about whether that role is right for them in the future.
VIRTUAL WORK EXPERIENCE OPPORTUNITIES FOR Y10
Years 10 - 12. Work experience in medicine, vet science and dentistry. Use the code Elev8Careers for free places.
Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Age 14-19, as well as opportunities for University undergraduates and graduates.
Age 14+. A programme which offers real work experience as you will complete tasks to gain legal analytical skills, develop legal knowledge of the insurance industry, and learn critical legal communication, research, and drafting skills.
Health and Social Care
Age 13+ A free course with the Open University and helpful resource for those interested in Nursing, Healthcare and Allied Health Professions.
Springpod Virtual Work Experience
Age 14-19. An online platform with opportunities in a range of different vocational areas including Healthcare.
Open Learn - Free Learning from the Open University
Age 13+. Resources for those interested in finding out about different areas of work including Psychology, Childcare, Social Work, Teaching, Police and Forensic Science.
Early Years and Childcare Virtual Work Experience
Offered through CACHE, again might be more suitable for 14–16-year-olds with making choices.
Computing, Technology and Digital
Barclays Life Skills Work experience with a digital transformation agency
National Cyber Security Centre
Teach First's Work Experience Programme
For age 15+, Teach First is working with companies to provide virtual work experience to pupils nationwide, Companies will give pupils the chance to experience their industry, and gain insight into the digital workplace. Pupils will develop awareness of the world of work and different career options.
No age range specified. Design your own Video game through practical quests delivered by some of the UK’s biggest games studios, with live masterclasses, free software and a supportive online community.
Age 14-18. This Software Engineering Virtual Internship provides an opportunity to explore what life is like as a Software Engineer.
Halliday Fraser Munro ARCHTECTURE AND DESIGN
Hunter Bevan DESIGN AND MARKETING
Secondary School Students
PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A COST FOR THE FOLLOWING
Summer Internships 2021
The Ultimate In-Person Work Experience | Ages 12-18 | London 2021
Architecture | Computer Science | Engineering | Entrepreneurship | Investment Banking | Law | Medicine | Psychology
In the present environment, in-person work experience is crucial yet almost impossible to secure. We have the solution: students can now register for our flagship Summer Internships in London. Up to 10 days of immersive experiences led by top professionals in 9 of the world's most competitive and sought-after industries.
Internships are available for ages 12-14 and for 15-18.
- Work alongside doctors in a London hospital
- Argue a case before a judge in the Supreme Court
- Enter the Airbus ExoMars facility
- Trade the markets the London Stock Exchange
Due to strict social distancing measures, places are HIGHLY limited.
COVID-19: Our Summer 2020 Internships in London did go ahead, with strict social distancing measures in place. The feedback averaged an outstanding 9.2/10! We are therefore very confident that 2021 will take place as planned. In the unlikely event that an Internship is completely cancelled due to COVID-19, students will receive a refund.
PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A COST FOR THE FOLLOWING
STEM & Medical Sciences Work Experience
Ages 12-18 | 'Live Online' or In-Person at UCL
Supercharge your students' potential today. Hands-on, immersive career experiences now available in 8 STEM-related industries.
Register now for a unique opportunity to work alongside experienced engineers, doctors, psychologists, vets and others this term. Students can choose to attend 'Live Online' before Easter or in-person later in April. Our in-person events have strict COVID measures in place. Please note that there is a cost for these experiences.