Department of Education

How do I get work experience?

Work experience is a great way of finding out about different industries and jobs, helping you decide what you do and don’t want to do, and even getting a job itself. There are lots of ways to get work experience.

  • Get in touch with the NAS (National Autistic Society) employment service.
  • Speak to the Careers Advisor at your college or university about available opportunities.
  • Do your research. If there are any companies that you would like to work for, give them a call to find out if they have a work experience programme and who the best person to send a speculative letter to is.
  • Approach companies with a speculative letter explaining:
    • What kind of experience you are looking for.
    • Why you would like to gain that experience with them.
    • What your relevant skills and qualifications are.
    • When you are available.

You should also include a CV. Ask someone to proofread your letter and CV before you send them.

  • Contact local charities and organizations or your local volunteer bureau for details of any voluntary positions.
  • The Guardian newspaper Society pages (Tuesdays) also have details of some voluntary opportunities available. Details are also available on the Guardian website.


The NAS offers excellent employment support for young people and adults on the autism spectrum.

You can also find advice for young people at CareTrade.

Find out about volunteering opportunities in your area at Volunteering England.


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