A Work Experience is a Career Preparation activity in which a student is at a worksite doing real work for pay. The student is held to the same expectations as all employees and is evaluated by the worksite supervisor based on workplace expectations and performance.
Work experiences range from regular, paid employment in summer and/or year-round jobs to subsidized employment and learning-rich work experience. They include both found jobs and those arranged by a college or workforce program. There are also a range of education and training- linked work experience program types defined at the state and federal levels (See State and Federal Work Experience Fact Sheet).
Work experiences are one activity in the continuum of authentic work-based experiences provided to all students engaged in career-related programs or course of study in the Orange County Regional Consortium.
Quick tips for Coordinators to help ensure a successful work experience.
A work experience gives you the opportunity to have a real job doing productive work with an employer. Through this experience, you will develop and have the chance to demonstrate professional and occupational skills by addressing a core business function.
You’ll also be able to ask questions, practice professional behavior, learn and demonstrate new skills, and become more comfortable communicating with adults.
Set the student(s) up for success by having them:
Thanks for agreeing to hire one of our students and provide them with valuable work experience. As you think about how to best prepare for the experience, keep the following success factors in mind.
While working at your company, students are learning about your industry and are considering how they might prepare for a career.
LAOCRC students are studying in the context of a career pathway and preparing for a career in your industry.
Students who experience early employment while in college enjoy higher completion rates and better employment outcomes later in life.
Work experiences offer students the opportunity to be at a worksite doing real work for pay. The experience can be regular, paid summer or year-round employment, or it may be learning-rich, subsidized employment.
While delivering productive work for pay, students also work on developing and demonstrating professional and occupational skills, communicating effectively and being a productive part of the team. The student is held to the same expectations as all employees and is evaluated by the workplace supervisor based on workplace expectations and performance.