Work experience is a great way to develop skills and gain practical insight into a job area or sector to determine whether it's for you or not. Ideally, you want to gain as much work experience as you can while you're at university (whether on a paid or voluntary basis), so consider what skills you want to develop and where you want to get experience. Think about contacting local companies, charities or voluntary organisations and sending them a tailored cover letter and CV detailing why you're interested in gaining experience with them and how you could add value.
For those of you considering a career as a Chartered Psychologist, the majority of postgraduate training programmes (necessary to become chartered) require you to have significant relevant work experience in order to gain a course place. Not only does work experience give you a key insight into your chosen specialism, it also demonstrates your motivation and dedication and provides you with applied psychological knowledge. By gaining relevant, quality work experience you will be able to stand out from the crowd when it comes to applying for postgraduate courses and jobs.