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work experience

noun [U]
 
 
WORKPLACE
mainly UK a period of time during which a young person, usually a student, works for a company or organization in order to get experience of a particular type of work: Networking, work experience, and shadowing are now usual steps on the path to employment.do/gain/get work experience Every student can do a year's work experience in commerce, industry or the public sector. a work experience placement/scheme/opportunityoffer/provide work experience Nine out of ten of the firms surveyed were in favour of offering work experience to pupils from disadvantaged areas. → Compare internship
the jobs that someone has had, or the type of work they have done, in the past: Despite advanced degrees and years of work experience, women are still under-represented in the higher echelons of business. Applicants with few marketable skills and little work experience struggle in today's job market. practical/relevant/valuable work experience
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