Globalisation has increased competition in all sectors of society today, this includes education. The implication of this is that grades are not the sole stand out factor for university, or job applications anymore. Institutions are looking for much more in their ideal candidate.
Work experience is beneficial and necessary as a much needed reality check and learning curve for every individual. It allows one to gain first hand experience of their desired profession and provides good quality insight into whether or not it is the correct path for them to pursue. Taking myself as an example, in year 10 I was 110% sure I wanted to be a paediatrician because I wanted to save children. Though after shadowing the work of some of the best paediatrics at Great Ormond Street I realised I probably didn’t have the stomach for such a task (I fainted after seeing an open wound). Amusement aside, I learned that I had perhaps bitten off more than I could chew, but I knew that my goal to help people was a solid aim I could build upon.