Unless you have plans to run your family company after school, experience is invaluable; every employer appreciates an experienced job seeker. It saves them the stress of having to show you what to do and teach you how to go about your job description, amongst a plethora of reasons. Besides who wants to employ a novice who has no idea what to do, or how to do what to do on employment? Bottom line is, experience is key.
The interesting thing about experience is that it does not have to be totally professional. A little work here, a little work there, your CV gradually becomes bulky. Besides, what do you do with your holidays and strike periods? Are you the type to eat and sleep all day long, visit friends and dish out hot gists? Have a rethink.
Look around! You see that laundry besides your house? No one is asking to be a wash-man, how about you apply to be the receptionist or the secretary? You have an uncle or aunt who has a small or large business, why not offer to be a personal assistant? If you are social media savvy, and you have friends who have upcoming brands, then offer to provide content for the Social Media platforms and manage their websites at little or no cost?
Also, there are volunteer organisations that are coming up. Join one and volunteer at events. This way, you even get certificates of training, participation or attendance from some of these events. WEVO is one of such organisations that offer such opportunities (check them out on Instagram). Remember the goal is to gather experience.
Finally, there are many organisations that are willing to employ interns, depending on the field you are interested in. Many of them send out vacancies for Public Relations interns, Human Resources interns, Communications interns, even Operations. If you serve in any of these organisations during your second, third and fourth year holidays, you have enough experience for most employers. In other words, you would have fulfilled the experience prerequisite for many positions available in the labour market.
PS: You can take online courses for trainings on soft skills and professional courses too. You can boost your prospects as a job seeker with these trainings. Check out Coursera, Udemy, Udacity, Futurelearn, Alison, Pluralsight, Open2study, Degreed etc. Good luck!