Work experience can be a daunting prospect, especially if it is your first one. But it is something that can really work in your favour if you play it the right way. Here are some tips.
This is the best way to make sure your work experience isn’t spent making tea. If you blog, send them the link. If you do an exercise in class, email it to them. A little reminder every once in a while lets your future work mates know that you are a capable writer. They will be more likely to give you some writing tasks earlier on in your experience and it shows that you are eager.
Don’t Be Afraid to Talk
Contributing to ideas and discussions shows confidence and reflects well on you during work experience. Showing that you aren’t afraid to speak up by contributing to an article or feature will help to leave a longer impression with the people you are working with.
Always Keep Yourself Busy
If you are on Facebook with nothing to do during work experience you are missing the point. Always make sure you have enough to be getting on with. If you don’t have anything to do, ask. Chances are the staff will be happy for you to take some of the workload off their hands. The more you do the more cuttings you get. It’s a win-win situation.
We all want to write, that’s why we want to be journalists. Sometimes on work experience the opportunities to do so can be few and far between. There could be times when you are asked to do vox-pops, other writers’ research or fact collecting when all you really want to do is write. If you can remain enthusiastic throughout, eventually a chance will come. Just make sure you take it.
Stay in Contact
This is possibly the most important aspect. Staying in contact and building relationships is a fundamental part of journalism. If you keep in contact with the publication after your time there you keep yourself in the memory of the editor and the staff. Further work experience, freelance work or a full time job can come from just staying in contact.