WHAT IS A WORK-AND-LEARN EXPERIENCE?
A work-and-learn experience is an opportunity to test-run a career, learn new skills, and make connections to professionals in the field. It includes project work in a real-world context to further your understanding of the world of work. Examples of work-and-learn experiences include:
Depending on your program of study, you may also be required to complete experiential learning, such as a practicum or clinical, to fulfill academic requirements. The work-and-learn experiences described on this page are voluntary and can help you fill your resume with valuable experience and stand out to employers.
EXPERIENCE A CAREER BEFORE YOU GRADUATE
You usually want to test drive a car before buying it. Why not test drive a career? The Career Link team and your Career Coach will help you identify opportunities to connect with employers and gain actual experience in careers that interest you while you're still in school—like assisting a chef in a kitchen, aiding a teacher in a classroom, working alongside professionals in a tech company, or assisting on a Human Resources team in a healthcare organization.
Hands-on learning like this allows you to test-run a career before you graduate and further develop skills related to your chosen career field. These experiences can also help set you apart during the application and interview process for future employment. Contact your Career Coach to find work-and-learn experiences that match your interests.
Connect EARLY & OFTEN with Employers: NETWORKING
Internship and Career Fairs
Preparing for Your Work-and-Learn Experience
To help you learn more about in-demand careers, and those that interest you, plan to participate in some activities called Employer Engagement Events, listed below. Attending events such as employer panels, internship/career fairs, or job shadowing, will assist you in selecting and preparing for a meaningful work-and-learn experience.
LEARN MORE ABOUT
HANDS-ON CAREER EXPERIENCES
Ways to Connect & Engage with Employers
Questions about Work-and-Learn Experiences?
Contact Your Career Coach
Your Career Coach and theCareer Link team are available to assist with identifying work-and-learn experiences that match your career goals and can help connect you with employers offering them.