Work experience can be an extremely valuable tool for both employers and potential employees alike. On the one hand, you gain hands on, real life experience of an industry or job role you are interested in. The company also gets extra bodies in to help ease the workload.
It’s equally important however to remember that you are there to work and not to be taken for a ride. It’s not just accidents at work that can cause problems, fitting in with the office or industry culture can also be a challenge. Here’s a brief guide to surviving all that work experience can throw at you.
Avoiding injuries on work experience
- Be punctual. Late employees are a nuisance. Late volunteers are no use to anybody. Barring an emergency such as a road traffic accident there should be no excuse for being late. Always err on the side of caution. No-one ever got in trouble for being too early.
- Be assertive. It’s always hard meeting new people and it is particularly difficult trying to get to know a group that already know one another. The best thing you can do is to try and be as helpful as possible. That means completing your designated tasks efficiently before asking what you can do next. Finishing a job does not mean it’s time to sit there and twiddle your thumbs.
- Be confident. However nervous you may be feeling inside, try not to show it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek advice. After all, these are often people you are one day hoping to emulate.
- Stand up for yourself. If you are asked to do something you are not comfortable with, or that you feel is beyond your remit and abilities, say so. Remember, the company is supposed to be offering you an opportunity to learn, not just take advantage.
That last point is perhaps the most important. All too often, work accidents and injuries at work are caused by people failing to perform tasks properly.
Where the work accident has occurred because of a lack of training or unrealistic expectations in terms of work load, then work accident compensation may be due.
A successful work accident claim will show that someone else was to blame for the workplace incident and, usually, that it occurred within the last three years.
Remember, just because your are not being paid doesn’t mean cutting corners is acceptable.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: November 6, 2013
Author: David Brown