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Compulsary Work Experience compared to Voluntary work?

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    Hi all,
    Been thinking throughout today on this, and below is my view on the question stated in the title. Any opinions from anyone else in sixth form or higher will be welcomed. I'd like to see what sort of debate stems from this

    My sixth form college wants me to log work experience alongside my A Levels. Which is fine as it is, as it is only 24 hours in my spare time over the course of first year. But because I already do voluntary work, I've decided to log that as my work experience to keep college off my back, yet when it comes to writing my UCAS application, I'll write it down as voluntary work rather than work experience. But when I feel ready to do so in my summer break, I'll find some voluntary work actually related to my desired career.

    Which brings me to my main discussion, would you lot consider voluntary work as more valuable than work experience? In a way, they're both the same thing, but work experience feels like it's compulsory voluntary work, because it gets logged through a company which conducts a variety of health and safety checks. Whereas voluntary work is organised solely by you, and all health and safety worries are yours to look into. So surely voluntary work is more desirable? Because it shows dedication and passion outside of school/college.

    The thing with making work experience compulsory for all students also seems to me to be a plot to try and get students who have literally no form of volunteering behind them to do something worthwhile. Yet, there's other students who have lots of volunteering behind them. In my opinion, these sorts of things shouldn't be compulsory, because the students who care will find things to do voluntary based, whereas those who don't bother should learn from their idleness as a young adult.

    Do the nuts and bolts of how it was organised really matter. For instance, which is more useful for an aspiring lawyer: work experience at a local firm of solicitors or voluntary work sorting out clothes in your local charity shop?
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    (Original post by Reality Check)
    Do the nuts and bolts of how it was organised really matter. For instance, which is more useful for an aspiring lawyer: work experience at a local firm of solicitors or voluntary work sorting out clothes in your local charity shop?
    Well they're both types of voluntary work. And you can do voluntary work in anything really. I'm talking about the voluntary work that is just beyond charity. And yes, voluntary work in a solicitors is better than voluntary work for charity for a potential lawyer. But I'm not on about what type of voluntary work it is.

    Same thing. If you have to go into detail, then it may be apparent you did some of it from your own initiative rather than a token amount required by the school. O dont think the difference is that big though. Voluntary wise you will probably clock up a lot more experience.
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