Undertaking work experience
in your first and second years will help you stand out from the crowd when the
time comes for you to complete applications for graduate employment and further
study. Work experience develops valuable skills and qualities that employers
are looking for and is essential for many roles. It can also help you to
confirm or rule out particular career choices. Furthermore, experience in the
workplace can bring you into contact with people who may be able to assist you
at the beginning of your career.
You have plenty of options open to you. You could apply for a
placement, work part-time around your studies, undertake volunteering or
approach organisations directly to negotiate short periods of work experience.
Some organisations offer paid internships over the summer or of one year’s
duration. If you want to get into the theatre then, during your studies, get
involved in as many shows as possible at the university or within your local
community. You should also think about volunteering as a stage crew member;
this will give you a great introduction to the wide range of roles available.
The University of Plymouth Students’ Union also offers
a wide range of volunteering opportunities.
Clubs and societies
Participating in a sport or
society shows employers you are engaged and can seek out opportunities. It also
helps you improve your teamwork, communication and negotiation skills.
Committee members can develop leadership, diplomacy and organisational skills
and will gain experience of meetings, handling funds and society promotion
You may choose to join
a society that
is specifically linked to acting and drama, such as UPAD, or take the
opportunity to explore the university’s wide range of clubs, societies
and sports, all of which can
help you to broaden your horizons and explore new interests.
Tutor and academic support
Your tutor and other academic staff are an
excellent source of support for your career development. They will have
experience and contacts across industry and academia, so please approach them
for advice and insights into careers you are considering. Your tutor will
ultimately be writing references for your employment or further study
applications, so establishing a positive relationship with this person is