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Work experience - rewarding and valuable

Doing unpaid work experience, or volunteering, can bring great rewards. Work experience provides the opportunity to pick up new skills and improve those you already have. At the same time as helping others, you will also be helping yourself build a better future. Many ex-volunteers have moved into new types of work on the back of the work experience they've done.

However, you must choose the organisation or group you wish to help carefully. Make sure it is worthy and ethical, and does something you feel is important, something you feel passionately about. The priority is to make sure that the experience will improve your own chances of getting back into paid work.