Work Experience: How Totem Learning can help you figure it out
At the age of 15 or 16 years old, the idea of your future career sounds daunting. Most people have no clue what they want to do and most avenues aren’t explored in mainstream education. So when they tell you to “find work experience” it can really seem like a demanding task. For the aspiring medics, work experience in a hospital is a must. For aspiring bankers, of course experience in a banking environment is useful as is a solicitor’s office for aspiring lawyers. But what if you have no idea what it is you want to pursue? Or, if you want to be your own boss, how can you get experience doing this?
Totem Learning came up with a solution called ‘Experience Works’. This game is designed to give you a taste of what it’s like working in a variety of industries from ‘Health and Beauty’ to ‘Hospitality’. This way, players can be immersed in a series of different environments whilst learning what it takes to fulfil a role in a particular setting with particular demands. We believe that before looking for real life work experience, playing our game prepares young people for the expectations of employment and enhances their professional skills.
‘Experience Works’ teaches young people about job applications, interviews, health and safety as well as practical application. It really is worthwhile investing time in learning these skills. Not only will you impress your interviewer, it’ll reassure them that you are mature and ready to be in a professional work space. Since our games are virtual experiences, they are engaging at all stages and can be played multiple times to allow for improvement. They are ideal for the classroom environment, particularly as part of Citizenship or PSHE lessons where careers and future plans are discussed.