A recent survey showed two thirds of employers look for graduates with relevant work experience because it helps them prepare for work and develop general business awareness. Most of us are only to happy to share what we love about our job with others - ask any adult about the best/worst part of their job and you will get a world of advice!
Even better, start organising work experience in areas that interest you. This will enable you to see for yourself what a job is like. Ask friends and family if they would let you join them at work for a few days. Write to firms that interest you and ask if they would be happy to have you along. Get your CV and Covering Letter ready, then ring round places of interest and find out who to send them to. Always follow up a mailing by phone to check that your information has been received.
If you want work experience in a large firm, be prepared to apply 6-12 months ahead of the placement. Some work experience schemes are heavily oversubscribed, so choose a mixture of large and small firms to apply to.
For more information about work experience go to: https://www.ucas.com/connect/blogs/work-experience-important
In addition to finding out about opportunities on a company's own website, there are a number of sites that list opportunities amongst internships, sandwich year placements etc. You'll probably need to spend time hunting through the options to find something that suits you, but it's worth the time!
www.ratemyplacement.co.uk lists a wide range of opportunities and includes comments from others who have been on the schemes
Young Professionals UK has a downloadable app, updated daily with apprenticeships and work experience opportunities from companies across the UK
www.allaboutcareers.com allows you to search for work experience and internships and gives details of pay. They are part of the AllAbout Group and also run separate websites for law (www.allaboutlaw.co.uk) and finance (www.allaboutfinancecareers.co.uk)
For those interested in work experience opportunities abroad www.internsinasia.com offers support to find internships across the globe, from 2 months to a year in length. They have partnerships with many large organizations in the world, as well as small and medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurial startups, across all industry sectors.
Volunteering can be a good way to get work experience and build your confidence in dealing with different people. You may know of organisations in your community that need help, or search online.
www.scouts.org.uk - the Scouts organisation is always looking for volunteers and you don't need to have been a scout as full training is provided