Work experience isn't just about making the tea.  Whether it is something as simple as getting to an appointment on time, to learning how to take a brief, to managing customer expectations, to working on a major piece of creative research – I’ve learnt more practical skills through real work experience, than I ever picked up on my arts degree.  

Having been to university myself, I can see that it opens doors. From network building to developing critical thought, there are lots of reasons to see Further Education as essential to building a career in today's world.

But perhaps it’s not the only way? I've been privileged to be a mentor and partner in business with Career Ready – a UK-wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people. And it has been a real eye-opener to see how important and life-changing a taste of the world of work can be. Some employers say that graduates are not always ready for the workplace. So work experience, internships and apprenticeships can be just as valuable to building skills for the future as a university degree course.