Work Experience

Work Experience - Swedish model

Purpose: to get an insight and a broader perspective on what it means to work, and to get an increased self-knowledge and self-perception. Dare to face challenges such as contacting different businesses to seek a place to do the work experience, call and introduce yourself and getting contact with people outside of school. Was carried out week 42 for grade 9, and week 5 and week 13 for grade 8.

How this resource relates to Shaping Characters objectives

  • Attitudes and attributes
  • Education techniques
  • Motivation and resilience
  • Partnership working

Actual outcomes

Students get to challenge themselves, increased insights on the labour market’s requirements and which fields of profession that attracts each individual student.

Resources required

Bus cards to the students who need it, study- and vocational counsellors lead, but need support from teachers and different businesses that have a supervisor who can take care of the students.

How was it funded?

The SSA-unit ( The unit for cooperation between School and Labour Market) + School

Time needed

Preparations: about 1 week of information in class + students get to fill in their wishes about which field of profession they’d like to try, students get the opportunity to fix their own places and the rest is placed from the municipality’s “place bank”.
“Day for changing work experience” for the students who have received a place
Handling of bus cards + which ones who have the right to get a bus card, business contacts, student- and parent contacts.

The project: student visits at different companies by study- and vocational counsellors + teachers.

Completion: Students are doing an evaluation of their work experience. After they’ve done all three weeks of work experience, they receive the companies’ evaluation on their work from the study- and vocational counsellors. The evaluation from the companies may be used by the students when looking for extra jobs in the future.

“Personally, I am quite shy, but after the work experience I feel more comfortable.”

Participating student

“All weeks of work experience are useful for deciding what you want to do in the future.”


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