You can expect to learn and experience many new things when you work abroad in the UK. Each experience is different, but we’ve put together a list of 5 things that you will definitely gain during your internship in a charity shop:
- Practical work experience
Whilst you are in the shop, you might experience till work, restocking/rotating stock in the shop, cleaning the shop and pricing items. This is all valuable experience you can use in your CV even if you don’t want a job in retail, because you’re showing that you can work hard, learn new skills and, by working abroad in the UK, you can adapt easily to new surroundings in a different country.
- Communication and language skills
Working in a customer facing role will encourage you to communicate with the public, which will improve your English language skills too. Having good communication skills is a very desirable trait that employers look for in potential employees.
- Self-esteem and confidence
The charity shop will improve your English speaking and listening skills, which will help to boost your confidence. Working in a charity shop can also increase your self-esteem because it gives you a sense of purpose. You will also gain a sense of selflessness, because you are helping those who are less fortunate than you.
- A job reference
If you have never had a job before, working at a charity shop is the perfect place to gain a good reference for your future job or career. The reference will also show that you are a dedicated and hard worker because you have helped others without personal gain, such as the benefit of being paid.
- New friends
You can expect to meet many people whilst you are working in a charity shop, such as staff who work in the shop and regular and one-time customers, which gives you the opportunity to practice your English with a variety of different people and also make new friends and memories!