Work experience

You might think that doing work experience means you’ll just sit there twiddling your thumbs, or be given a ton of envelopes to stuff, stamp and send. But you’re wrong!

Gaining work experience is really important. It can give you the opportunity to take on some really interesting and challenging responsibilities and introduce you into the world of work!

You’re also more likely to be successful in your job hunt if you’ve done some good work experience, and that’s a fact!

Also, if you’re not sure what career you want to do, work experience is a great way to sample all the various career options out there. It’s a way of exploring different jobs without actually committing to anything. You can dip your toe in the water without taking the full plunge.

It’s also a great way to get a real sense of your chosen industry. You’ll get to speak to employees and ask them questions. Doing work experience shows passion and interest.  Doing work experience can show an employer that you are motivated to get into a chosen career and that you’ve done your homework.

On this page we’ll show you current opportunities to apply for work experience and highlight employers who have offered work experience placements locally. 

Current work experience opportunities:

Penguin Random House

Penguin run year-round paid work experience slots of two weeks, where you’d be shadowing a team and getting to grips with day-to-day life in publishing. It’s a learning opportunity – a chance to learn about the world of work and go behind the scenes. To find out about the various career roles within publishing click here. To find out about their work experince opportunities click here.


HSBC run a one week UK work experience programme for students looking for a placement within a banking enviroment. The work experince programme provides opportunities to gain some hands-on experience, develop your knowledge of banking and financial services, and explore the careers available at HSBC in the UK. You should note that this is an unpaid work experience programme. To find out more click here.

HSBC have also produce a booklet explaining the various work experience and apprenticeship routes you can take to gain experience at the bank. To download it click here.

HSBC early careers opportunities
The HSBC Early Careers programmes provide people who may not have gone to university with another route into a challenging career with HSBC. Click here to download their early careers opportunities magazine to find out more.


PwC offers a range of programmes for students and graduates To find out more click here.


If you’re interested in the arts then Glyndebourne run a range of work experience placements to give you hands on experience and involvement. There are a number of opportunities including make-up and lighting placements. Click here for more information and apply.


The Brighton Grand

The Brighton Grand offers work experience working in one of their operational departments, including kitchen, food and beverage service, front of house, and spa. After your week with them you'll be presented with a certificate of skills completion at the end of your time with them. Click here to download a pdf of their information leaflet.