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What Jobs Can I Do With No Work Experience?

08 November 2018
Besma Whayeb
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While they are few and far between, there are some jobs that require no work experience. After all, we all have to start somewhere!

Landing a job that requires no work experience can be quite tricky. You will need to show you have the capability to do the job, the commitment to stick with it, and the skills to excel at your duties.

All of this can be shown through other experiences. For example, running an after-school club shows great management skills, or volunteering with a charity shows you are passionate and committed. Before applying, make sure your C.V. shows that you have the relevant skills for the job – and perhaps include that on your cover letter too.

Here’s our list of the best UK jobs that require no work experience:

1. Intern

Internships are a great opportunity to gain your first work experience. As an intern, you will be employed for a set period of time and taught how to do your job, as well as how the business runs and the industry it operates in.

Internships were an initiative started for medical students, but they are now widespread and can be found in almost every industry. They are still typically designed for students or new graduates, who have time over the summer or during certain months of the year.

The benefits of an internship include:

  • Gaining first-hand knowledge of a job role
  • Learning the inner-workings of a business
  • Experiencing a work environment for the first time
  • Understanding how to work in a team and with colleagues
  • Insights into your organisation’s industry

In some cases, your internship may be paid. This means you will earn a small amount of money while doing your job and learning the ropes.

If you do well in your internship, you may also be offered the opportunity to work in a long-term or permanent position.

Employers hiring interns expect little to no experience. It’s important to show you are interested in the job, the business, and the industry as a whole when applying for an internship. Also be sure to highlight any relevant education, achievements, and useful skills on your C.V.

Start searching for internships now – we list around 800!

2. Trainee

Trainee jobs are a brilliant option if you’re ready to commit to a specific career. Many people start in a trainee position because it gives them the option to learn how to do their job by shadowing another member of staff, or even complete a qualification while at work.

The benefits of a trainee job include:

  • Earning while learning how to do your job
  • Gaining accreditation or qualifications while at work
  • Working towards a full-time job offer

Take a look at our guide to trainee jobs for more information.

3. Apprentice

If the idea of earning a qualification while working is important to you, an apprenticeship may be a better option than a trainee job or similar.

The main aim of an apprenticeship is to earn a formal qualification while working – and one which will enable to you work in a higher-paid, qualified job in the future.

The benefits of an apprenticeship include:

  • Earning while learning how to do your job
  • Gaining a formal qualification while working
  • Learning while working, rather than going to college or university

During an apprenticeship, you’ll be employed to carry out work for an employer while studying. Your pay can be subsidised while carrying out an apprenticeship, so it’s worth calculating if this is the right option for you before you start looking.

Apprenticeships can also take up to four years to complete, so make sure you’re committed to the job when applying.

Take a look at the latest apprenticeship job opportunities to get a feel for what’s available.

4. Volunteer

If you’re looking to work in a charity, or would like to demonstrate your passions or commitment, a volunteer position may be perfect for you.

Most volunteering jobs are unpaid positions designed to support a charitable cause. This could be anything from answering telephone calls, running a charity shop, or supporting someone in need. They provide that all-important work experience, and they’re easier to obtain than an internship too.

The benefits of a volunteer job include:

  • Working for a good cause
  • Demonstrating your commitment and altruistic nature
  • Learning valuable transferable skills

If working for a charity is your chosen career path, working for a charity as a volunteer is a great way to get your foot in the door. You may also have the opportunity to progress into a paid volunteer job, volunteer manager job, or something more senior.

Check out our guide to charity and voluntary jobs for more information.