Student Work Experience Stories – Elliot

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At Highlands we celebrate the National Work Experience Week.

Our dedicated team at Careers & Employability provide support to students going out on work experience placements.

In the last academic year over 88% of our students have taken part in a valuable work placement and we look forward to another busy year ahead!

According to an employer survey carried out by Gumtree in UK, some 90% of employers thought that work experience was essential for anyone applying for jobs in the current climate. The survey found that job applicants with good work experience were seen as more knowledgeable (67%), more confident (44%) and more committed (40%)!

Elliot’s story:

What’s your name and age?

Elliot Holley
Age 18

What do you study at Highlands?

Hospitality & Tourism

Where did you do your work placement?

St Brelade’s Bay Hotel

What did you like most about your work placement?

Experiencing real life environment and moving around the hotel, looking at how the different departments work. I enjoyed working with new people and boosting my confidence.

What advice would you give to others going on work placement?

Have an open mind when you start your placement. If you have questions, ask them. Don’t be afraid.

What the employer said?

“I think he has a passion for this industry that is crucial to having a successful career. He is a hard worker with a great temperament and lots of patience. We have already offered him a part-time job for weekends and the summer”.

If you are an employer and would like to offer work experience, please contact our team on T 608534 | employability@highlands.ac.uk or simply complete this form.