Types of Work Experience

Work experience can come from a number of different areas and there are opportunities out there to suit everyone.

Placements and Internships

Summer Internships typically last around 8 to 12 weeks during the summer. We also advertise placements which can last up to 12 months. These are sometimes referred to as sandwich placements, where the placement is an assessed part of the degree. Some courses at GCU have the opportunity to undertake a sandwich placement.

Part-time Jobs

Part-time jobs are a great way to gain real world work experience and earn some money in the process. We advertise part-time jobs that are up to 15 hours per week during term time as this provides a good work/life/study balance, and the city has lots of bars and shops that typically recruit for part-time roles.

Vacation Work

This work is undertaken during university vacation time and could be during your Easter break or over the summer. Vacation work will help develop your employability skills. The work may not be relevant to your chosen career path but the skills and experience you gain will be transferrable. Examples of vacation work include: working in summer camps (UK or abroad); hospitality; retail.


The charity and voluntary sector offers great work experience and is a good addition to your CV. Volunteering will allow you to gain experience, learn new skills, meet new people, build your network of contacts and give something back!

Gap Year

Some people take a gap year before they start university, others may decide to take a gap year once they finish their degree course. Taking the ‘traditional’ gap year option of travelling can provide opportunities to become involved in voluntary work or projects which can help develop a range of key skills, such as interpersonal skills, communication skills, team building skills.