Some virtual work experience placements have ‘live’ elements, so they have specific dates when they are available. Others are pre-recorded and completely self-directed, so they can be very flexible. Some of the ones I’ve seen involve about 5-6 hours, but will be very valuable!
Here is a list of some of the places you can look:
Inside Sherpa is a free website where you register and then can search through over 30 different schemes. When you set up your profile, it does ask for your ‘university’, but you’re able to say that you are at ‘high school’ instead. It’ll then ask for your degree, so just enter your favourite subject.
Some examples include (and are not limited to):
- Strategy Consulting or Design at BCG
- Design and Branding with Sydney Romantics
- Software Engineering with JP Morgan Chase
- Banking or Mergers and Acquisition with Latham and Watkins
- Law with White and Case
- Commercial Law with Linklaters
- Human Rights Law with LEO Cusson
- Digital Technology with GE
- Building infrastructure and rail with John Holland
Medicine with Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Another free one, this is for anyone who is interested in studying medicine. What I like about this course is that they not only supply the experience, but also talk you through what to do with it and guide you in your reflections.
Law work experience placements
A number of programmes are available through Inside Sherpa (link above).
International Law firm Pinsent Masons champions its virtual work experience programme as a way to “try before you buy” a career in law. The programme allows students to help a hypothetical client of the firm throughout several different issues covering various practice areas. It is designed by Pinsent Masons’ lawyers to reflect the kind of work a trainee would carry out. Again, it’s designed for university students, but you can complete it as a sixth former if you like. Click here to register.
Founded in 2012, Freeformers is a UK-based digital transformation agency that helps companies and organisations embrace technology, digital products and skills. You’ll get to see the inner workings of Freeformers, a ‘digital transformation’ agency, and actively work with different departments on one exciting project, helping them solve problems and complete real-life tasks. As part of the experience you’ll also see lots of tips as well as links through to other LifeSkills content. These are designed to help you learn how best to deal with situations you may come across in the workplace. By clicking on the links you’ll get the most out of your Virtual Work Experience and learn more about the vital skills you’ll need in the workplace.