With the improvement in technology and development of artificial intelligence, gaining work experience during college is a necessity in career planning. Students need to start building a resume with real life work experience.

The following are 6 ways that college students can gain work experience:

  • On campus employment
  • Internship
  • Freelancing
  • Start a blog
  • Volunteering
  • Job shadow

Let’s take a closer look at each of these.       

 On campus employment

Seek out on campus vacancies and apply for them as this could give you lots of exposure. In addition, there will be no extra costs for commuting as you are already at school.

There are instances where an on campus jobs can potentially open up the door for full time employment.  So definitely be on the alert for on campus jobs.


Internships are a fantastic way that you can earn some money and learn a skill. This mode of gaining experience can be extremely competitive as several students will be vying for the positions.

You can find internships by attending job fairs and applying directly to companies that interest you. Also, reach out to friends, family and teachers for recommendations.


With the advent of the internet, there are several ways that you can sell your skills online through sites such as Fiverr and Upwork. There are many individuals who have been able to start and successfully grow online businesses using these online market places to sell their services.

If you have enhanced a skill that you are capable of teaching, you can consider selling an online course on a website such as Udemy. If you enjoy writing, try your hand at Kindle publishing. There are so many opportunities online that you can explore to gain  work experience.

By selling your services you get an opportunity to earn money. In addition, you get to sharpen and improve your current skills. The feedback that you get from the users of your services is invaluable for this. Therefore, you can add these gaps to your career development plan.

Start a blog

Getting an internship especially at top companies can be super competitive. However, starting a blog is all within your control. As a student, starting a blog especially one that is related to your field of study can be a valuable asset.

You get the opportunity to sharpen and refine your skills. For example, if you are culinary student you can consider starting a food blog that showcases your delicious creations. This blog can give you an edge in your future job search.

A blog is also a fantastic digital resume where a potential employer can get hands on look at your skills. For these reasons, to gain experience in your field, you should consider starting a blog in college.

In addition, starting a blog will allow you to enhance your technological skills. These skills include how to set up a blog and how to use WordPress.

Furthermore, you will also learn how to effectively use different social media platforms and how email marketing works. These skills are all necessary in the workplace and can add significant value to your resume.


Volunteering is a great way to get exposure in a field of choice and at times can be less competitive. Many individuals may not be willing to work without pay.

Volunteering can also be suitable if you have vacation but will like to work for a portion of the time and also have some free time to yourself.

Job shadow

This is an opportunity for you to observe and interact with someone who is skilled at doing a particular job.

As a student you can choose to shadow someone who is completing a role that is similar to one that you are interested in the future. Job shadows are usually unpaid but they are a great source of knowledge transfer.

There are several other articles on this blog that you may find valuable if you are in college. Feel free to click any of the links below to explore:-

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How To Stay Motivated in College

How To Avoid College Burnout

How To Prepare For A Job Fair

How To Write A Resume When You Have No Job Experience

10 Reasons Why Every College Student Must Start A Blog

Final Thoughts

Gaining work experience during college is critical now more than ever. Hope this post provides a foundation as you develop your career plan.

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