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Gaining experience


Finding work experience in a career that you're interested in will give you the opportunity to develop skills specific to that job, as well as enhance your proficiency in the language you are studying. There are lots of different ways you can gain work experience, whether you choose to volunteer, or undertake a placement or internship. 


Types of opportunities


Placements usually last between 6-12 months and can be taken as part of your degree programme.

You can find placements through:

Learn more about completing a placement year


Internships may last anywhere between 2 weeks - 6 months. They are often completed during the vacation periods. 

Internships are offered by many organisations, including:

Learn more about completing internships


Enhance your prospects with hands-on experience through volunteering. Whether you're uncertain about your career path or aiming for professional success, volunteering offers a chance to explore diverse roles. Discover opportunities through MyCareer's 'Volunteering Bank', listing roles like:

  • School Reading Scheme Volunteer 
  • Volunteer English Tutor
  • LibriVox Audio Volunteer
  • Festival of Storytelling Event Volunteer 

Learn more about Volunteering



Building work experience

Learn more about how we can support you in securing experience and translating the skills you gain to future applications. 


Visit our work experience page






Get in touch

Visit our career centre:

Rosalind Franklin East, 28 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, PO1 2DD


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