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Looking for graduate position. I have retail experience with transferable skills, but dont have any industry experience. I have experience from uni modules on reports, (Construction degree) so similar to the role.

Should I apply for jobs that require experience?, i have done last few weeks to two and knocked back quickly.

Or should I just be asking for work experience?
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your decision
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I think i should reword this, anyone had experience of trying to get work experience as a graduate?
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(Original post by route255)
I think i should reword this, anyone had experience of trying to get work experience as a graduate?
Yes but it depends on your industry. I always recommend it though because going from grad to job is really tough.

As somebody who works in comms, I contacted local employers to ask about volunteering opportunities and found them accommodating (people love free work). I wrote copy for websites, worked with arts organisations on marketing tasks, and handled data entry for startups. It helped a lot in my early career - both in terms of skills and confidence gained.

I suggest having a think about your industry and working out how this might be appropriate for you.
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Yes but it depends on your industry. I always recommend it though because going from grad to job is really tough.

As somebody who works in comms, I contacted local employers to ask about volunteering opportunities and found them accommodating (people love free work). I wrote copy for websites, worked with arts organisations on marketing tasks, and handled data entry for startups. It helped a lot in my early career - both in terms of skills and confidence gained.

I suggest having a think about your industry and working out how this might be appropriate for you.
Thanks!

Construction industry, the roles involve visiting sites doing surveys and time spent in office doing reports. Contacted a few places so far and they aren't doing work experience. Others no response. Phoning them may be a better course of action.

I was worried as asking for work experience, they may wonder why I'm not asking for a job outright!
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A great way to gain experience is to create your own blog! This could be your own website, or an Instagram blog page. It shows employers that you're passionate about a topic and it's a way for you to showcase your skills eg if you wanted to get into marketing, creating a marketing page on instagram and sharing marketing tips and tricks would be a great start! @helloblogr on Instagram has different advice for blogging!
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