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How to ask for work experiencePosted on 26/10/2016 by Jess O'Connor
Do you dream of a career in airline, travel or tourism? In addition to gaining a qualification, the best thing you can do is get some work experience in the industry.
Here are some tips for good ‘work experience etiquette’: how to ask for it, how to handle rejections, and what to do if you’re successful.
1. Make a list of businesses to approach
Write down all the airline, travel and tourism businesses in your area. A good way to do this is to visit your local i-SITE and browse the marketing brochures. Don’t forget to factor in nearby transport hubs, such as airports or ferry terminals.
Once you have a list of employers, highlight three businesses you’d really like to work for, and make a plan to approach these ones first. You can always come back to your list later if you have no luck with your preferred options.
2. Write a CV
Even if you have limited experience, it’s a good idea to put what you can on a professional, well-formatted CV. Include any high school qualifications or relevant life experience (babysitting, volunteer work) and write a brief personal statement outlining why you are pursuing a career in airline, travel and tourism. Keep your CV to one page or less.
Please don’t hesitate to approach your Study From Home tutor if you’d like some help with your CV.
3. Drop your CV off in person
Choose a smart, professional outfit, make sure your hair is tidy and your shoes are polished, and drop your CV to your chosen employers. Let the person on reception know that you are currently studying with ITC and looking for work experience opportunities while you complete your qualification.
4. Try to relax
If the thought of approaching employers makes your stomach do flip-flops, try to relax. Remember: there’s no harm in asking, and it’s okay for people to say no. This doesn’t mean you did anything wrong – it just means it’s not the right time. Think of this as a fun experiment and don’t take anything personally. Smile, relax, and try to enjoy the challenge.
5. Decide what you’re willing to offer
If an employer expresses interest, first of all – congrats! You’re on your way to securing a work experience placement. The next step is to negotiate a fair and reasonable arrangement.
Think of work experience as an exchange; you’re willing to give your time (for free) in return for knowledge. Consider how much time you have available and make a suggestion that you believe is reasonable (and won’t distract you from your studies). This might be one afternoon, a weekend-day, or an entire week.
The employer is under no obligation to accept your suggestion, but it will provide a useful starting point for discussions. If anything, the employer will likely be impressed that you have taken the time to think carefully about your availability – it shows good time management.
After you’ve completed your work experience, write a kind follow-up email expressing your gratitude and asking politely for a short written reference. Again, not all employers will be able or willing to provide this, but it’s always a good idea to ask. You might also want to drop the hint that you’re graduating soon in case they have any permanent roles available.
The airline, travel and tourism industry is all about cultivating relationships. Being polite, friendly, and approachable will take you far – so try not to be scared about work experience and instead see it as a chance to meet new people and grow your network. Good luck!Posted in Inspiration and motivation, Study From Home Tips | Leave a reply