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    Will employers see voluntary industrial placements (one year) in a better light, since it shows you're giving up your time for a good cause, or will they think that the contributions you've made isn't likely to be as significant as those for a paid placement?
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    They still hold value, but I wouldn't think that it matters if it was paid or not. I think they would look at the type of work you did, what skills you learnt and any projects that you worked on. Employers would want to look at the quality of the work that you did rather than how much you were paid for it.
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    Will employers see voluntary industrial placements (one year) in a better light, since it shows you're giving up your time for a good cause, or will they think that the contributions you've made isn't likely to be as significant as those for a paid placement?
    It really depends on what you do in said placement. You don't put salaries or payment details on your CV, so unless the position had the term "volunteer" in the title there is no reason for them to know whether it was voluntary or not.
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    (Original post by cheesecakelove)
    They still hold value, but I wouldn't think that it matters if it was paid or not. I think they would look at the type of work you did, what skills you learnt and any projects that you worked on. Employers would want to look at the quality of the work that you did rather than how much you were paid for it.
    Pretty much this really. A voluntary placement will improve your chances over no experience, but the extent of it will largely depend on its relevance. Like cheesecakelove said too, they won't really compare it with paid work in that sense, but more so how much it applies to the role you're looking for.
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    (Original post by Mystelle)
    Will employers see voluntary industrial placements (one year) in a better light, since it shows you're giving up your time for a good cause, or will they think that the contributions you've made isn't likely to be as significant as those for a paid placement?
    There is a balance between the two (paid vs voluntary) but it's more about the quality rather than just the quantity - this is where people usually mistake it.
    I have personal and professional experience of both and they have never held me back to receive job offers and I've realised that it's about how you market these experiences on your CV as well.
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    There is a balance between the two (paid vs voluntary) but it's more about the quality rather than just the quantity - this is where people usually mistake it.
    I have personal and professional experience of both and they have never held me back to receive job offers and I've realised that it's about how you market these experiences on your CV as well.
    So could I just put Events & Marketing Intern on my CV (which is what the job title is), without mentioning that it's unpaid?
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    So could I just put Events & Marketing Intern on my CV (which is what the job title is), without mentioning that it's unpaid?
    Well you don't necessarily have to mention it was voluntary on your CV. You can just mention it at the interview.
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    Employers like work experiences regardless whether it was paid as it shows you have practical experience. Obviously getting paid for it will be nice for you but employers won't view it negatively if you do volunteer, quite the opposite as you are giving up your time for free.
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