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Work experience


Knowledge, skills and competences acquired by an individual during their working life.
This term is also used to describe short periods of work-based learning (commonly carried out while the individual is participating in a related education or training programme) or working as a trainee or intern in order to gain experience of a particular occupation or type of work.


It is important to distinguish the two common meanings of this term.
See ‘Work-based learning’


Career Guidance and Counselling Glossary. Result of Leonardo da Vinci programme project “Overcoming Intercultural and Linguistic Barriers in Continuously Accessible Vocational Guidance and Counselling” (project No LT/03/B/F/LA-171023). Available from Internet:

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