Build experience

Find out ways to build your experience, challenge yourself and expand your skills

While work experience including part-time work and internships is a great way to develop your skills it’s not the only sort of experience which counts! Employers are looking for people who have a breadth of interests and skills as well as a good degree. 

Volunteering, activities outside your degree, and focused programmes like SAChA will all contribute to building your skills, broadening your outlook, and increasing your self-awareness.  

Careers Compass: Build Experience



Find out the many benefits of volunteering, how you can do it and where to look for opportunities.

Find out about the range of activities you could consider outside your degree programme, both within the University and beyond it

How to find part-time jobs and internships, and what you need to know about working as a student

On-campus internships for undergraduates in 2nd, 3rd and penultimate years

Being proactive and reaching out to employers can make useful contacts and may secure you some work experience or other opportunity

Take part in the Edinburgh Award to gain recognition from the University for the skills you have developed.

Students as Change Agents is a safe 'living lab' approach for students, staff, and challenge hosts to tackle real-life challenges and generate fresh thinking. It involves students from multiple disciplines, who want to make a social impact. 

Research opportunities to develop your skills further, and access training opportunities.

An overview of two ways to get recognition for your summer activities.

Explore our toolkits on Careers Service Plus (UoE login required) to learn more about how to Build Experience.

Build Experience toolkit