Getting experience

University courses often ask for practical experience before enrolling on a course. There are several ways to gain it, such as graduate traineeships, paid employment or voluntary work.

  • Finding a job

    Finding a job can be tough, especially that all-important first break but there are lots of places to look and people who can help, including CILIP.

  • Graduate traineeships

    A graduate traineeship provides a period of paid work experience after which you complete a CILIP accredited postgraduate-level qualification.

    Usually lasting between 10 and 12 months, graduate traineeships are great for enhancing your job prospects and for helping you to decide what sort of work you would like to do once qualified.

  • Volunteering

    CILIP is opposed to job substitution where paid professional and support roles are directly replaced with either volunteers or untrained administrative posts to save money. Many viable volunteering opportunities do exist however and taking advantage of them is a great way to improve your CV, make professional connections and find out more about working in the library, information and knowledge management community.