You can also gain work experience through volunteering and internships based on your interests. You can volunteer at your local fire station, hospital, school, or church. Make sure to document the hours and the person in charge for it to be a reference on your resume. Volunteering or working in a job-like environment will give you the feeling and the experience you need. Although it's volunteering, treat it as a job because that's how jobs check your accountability and how reliable you are.
From my experience interviewing for companies, internships, side projects, part time jobs on my resume counted as experience when they were able to provide skillsets the recruiter or interviewer wanted to see.