A degree qualification can be useful, essential even. But it’s not a great differentiator when applying for work.
The Learning and Skills Council has found that work experience boosts earnings and improves job prospects.
That’s why we require our students to perform unpaid work experience in every year of our course, and offer a paid one-year’s work placement as an option. As I plan my work placement visits, this study is a useful reminder that learning is not limited to the lecture theatre.