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My concern is it won't be regarded as 'credible' by employers to whom I apply for a job in future. But if I have no choice (no paid job lined up after graduation), I've got to accept an unpaid work experience opportunity, right?
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My concern is it won't be regarded as 'credible' by employers to whom I apply for a job in future. But if I have no choice (no paid job lined up after graduation), I've got to accept an unpaid work experience opportunity, right?
TLR - TAKE IT if you can get it!

As someone who went into teaching immediately after getting their degree and then left the profession 2 years later, I can say ANY experience is vital.

My degree is in Biomedical Science and whilst it isn’t accounting, I was looking for a medical lab assistant position (you don’t even need a degree to get the job) for over a year... kept being turned down and only just started employment last month with the NHS (the position came with training and is an entry level job, they were also JUST opening a new facility and thus were hiring 500 new people).

So any experience you can get, voluntary or otherwise is valuable as you can put it down on your CV.
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If you can't find a paid graduate job, maybe look into doing a paid accounting apprenticeship?
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What is this unpaid experience? Two weeks wiork shadowing in a business - fine. Few months for a registered charity - also fine. Most schemes you see advertised are very poor.
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What is this unpaid experience? Two weeks wiork shadowing in a business - fine. Few months for a registered charity - also fine. Most schemes you see advertised are very poor.
6 months or more (till I get a paid job) at a small accountancy practice. This way, at least I will be able to tick the experience box when I apply for jobs that pay
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6 months or more (till I get a paid job) at a small accountancy practice. This way, at least I will be able to tick the experience box when I apply for jobs that pay
What is the small accountancy practice? Are they charging you a training cost? You know this is illegal?

There are one or two notorious firms who charge for training and experience. There are threads on these boards and others about people’s experiences - not good.

Different matter is it’s a family friend - but illegal under minimum wage legislation in many cases.
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What is the small accountancy practice? Are they charging you a training cost? You know this is illegal?

There are one or two notorious firms who charge for training and experience. There are threads on these boards and others about people’s experiences - not good.

Different matter is it’s a family friend - but illegal under minimum wage legislation in many cases.
No, it's not like that (I am aware of them!). It's just a small 'high street' practice if you like that maybe can't afford to take on extra staff and pay them too in these times. So, I won't pay them and they won't pay me either. It will basically be an extended unpaid intership.
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No, it's not like that (I am aware of them!). It's just a small 'high street' practice if you like that maybe can't afford to take on extra staff and pay them too in these times. So, I won't pay them and they won't pay me either. It will basically be an extended unpaid intership.
You might like the look of the Logistics Officer role in the Royal Navy as a long term option.

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers...istics-officer
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No, it's not like that (I am aware of them!). It's just a small 'high street' practice if you like that maybe can't afford to take on extra staff and pay them too in these times. So, I won't pay them and they won't pay me either. It will basically be an extended unpaid intership.
sounds ok in that case - You'll pick up some useful skills and have something to talk about in interviews.
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I would take it, you can always look for more appealing options whilst volunteering for them
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Yes- if you have cash savings or access to family support that ensures you will be able commit to 6 months unpaid work experience/internship.
The potential for accumulating references, practical experience and useful contacts alone are worth it.
As long as the company providing the experience is professional, established and well regarded.
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