What might go wrong

Anticipating what might go wrong ... and solving it before it does! 

Things are less likely to go wrong if you plan in the ways previously suggested. You are less likely to be doing dull, monotonous work if you have been given a project to complete and you won’t be stuck just making the tea if you have explained your skills and experience and what you have to offer.

Here are some situations you may encounter and suggestions about how to overcome them:

  • I will have to get up early five days a week. The routine on work experience may well be different to life as a student, but if you plan your journeys and pace yourself (go to bed earlier?!), you will soon get in to the swing of things.
  • I might not be able to do the work. If you have acted on the suggestions made about meeting with your employer beforehand, then you will have discussed what work you will be doing and matched it to your skills and experience. You should also have a supervisor or mentor you can talk over any problems with.
  • The work might not be what I expect and I might not like it. Sounds harsh - but this is one of the benefits of work experience - finding out what a job is really like. Try to make the most of the work given to you. Look for other tasks that you could take on and suggest them to your supervisor. If you do this appropriately, it will show that you have initiative and motivation.
  • I might not get on with the people I am working with. It is an important work skill to be able to form effective working relationships with colleagues - you don’t necessarily have to like them. Think about the people skills section in your learning and development objectives.

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SMILE Preparing for placement by Leeds Metropolitan University Employability Office, modified by Marion Kelt GCU is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Based on a work at http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/metoffice/employability/resources/learning_objects/workexperience/index.htm