Work experience: Four key points to help you apply

Jonathon Greenhow International Liaison Officer

Please note: The information contained in this blog was intended for those wishing to apply for a 2016/2017 Chevening Scholarship. Those wishing to apply for a 2017/2018 scholarship should visit the guidance page or read this blog post for the most up-to-date information.

I'm Jon, and as an international liaison officer at the Chevening Secretariat, it is my pleasure to encourage you all to apply to Chevening if you're eligible. In order to help you with your applications, we recently held our first in a series of four themed Q&A sessions. This particular session focused on the work experience criteria. I was online with my colleagues during this Q&A session and we were all delighted to have received dozens of questions from you. Our answers to your questions can be found in full on our Facebook page.

We received many varied questions, but we noticed a few key questions that many of you were asking so we thought it would be useful to go over these here.

1. The minimum requirement for work experience is ‘two years’, which is the equivalent to 2,800 working hours. However, if you’ve worked over 2,800 hours in less than two years, you are still eligible.

As long as you’ve worked more than 2,800 hours, you can apply. In some countries, the standard working week is more than 35 hours, which means that it would take less than two years working full time to reach 2,800 working hours.

2. You do not need to have accumulated work experience in an area related to the courses you’re choosing.

When applying, you don’t necessarily need to have completed work experience in the field in which you want to study. Work experience can be gained in any sector.

3. We consider all forms of work experience. This includes: full-time work, part-time work, volunteering, interning (paid or unpaid), and freelancing.

We accept various different types of experience, as long as you have completed more than 2,800 hours across any form (or combination) of work experience.

4. You do not need to submit proof of your work experience with your Chevening application.

We don't require physical evidence of your work experience. In other words, you do not have to submit payslips, a certificate, a letter from your company, or any other type of documentation. However, do remember that at interview stage you will be asked a series of questions about your work experience and you will have to expand on the employment information you provided in the application form.

We hope you found the opportunity to ask questions in the live session useful. If you still have other questions on the work experience criteria then here are a few things that you can do:

As I previously mentioned, this was the first in four Facebook Q&A sessions we have planned over the next few Tuesdays. If you have questions related to references, join us on Tuesday 22 September at 14:00 BST. If you have questions on applying to UK universities, join us on Tuesday 29 September at 12:00 BST. And if you have questions on the English language requirement, join us on Tuesday 6 October at 14:00 BST. We look forward to answering more of your questions! 

If you already have all the information you need, please apply before 3 November.


by Jonathon Greenhow, International Liaison Officer, Chevening Secretariat