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Evaluate of your own development as a result of your work placement.

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked I have completed a six week summer internship at BP. Prior to the internship I didn?t have any experience on how a business operates and what skills and behaviours are required in the workplace. Over the six weeks I learnt how BP operate on a day to day basis. Firstly, I went to an induction. During the induction, I was taught all health and safety policies. For instance holding the hand rail and having lids on all drinks. And I was also given details about BP, what they do and what they offer their employees. Lastly, they talked about what happens in emergencies such as fires or if somebody needs medical help. Then during the induction, I met all my team and found that BP all have designated bases and I would be working in the same place surrounded by my team members throughout the six weeks. Experiencing an induction at BP was beneficial as I now have an understanding on procedures and policies which usually are similar between different companies. Furthermore, I learnt about administration. Administration is the process of organising people and resources efficiently. Tasks they did included receiving phone calls, attended to guests, completing paper work and booking meeting rooms. I also learnt how to set up meetings. Meetings are usually arranged on Outlook and Lync and they provide a notification when a meeting is booked and when it is coming up. When arranging meetings there needs to be information like the date and venue of the meeting, a link to join the online Lync meeting and the agenda of what the meeting is about. ...read more.

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Generally, people will talk face to face if the member they want to talk to is in their department. However, BP is a global business and has employees all over the world that you cannot talk face to face with. Therefore, a lot of people will use email, Lync, meetings and phone calls to communicate with other team members. I used emails and Lync regularly to communicate with team members in different countries. I also communicated with my team face to face and in meetings. Communication is very important in order to complete the job. You need to communicate with team members in order to complete the job. Communication improved my personal contribution as I shared Ideas via Lync and meetings and my team shared there?s which led to improved quality of work. The verbal and electronic ways of communicating will be very beneficial in future work as they are used widely within business. Similarly, interpersonal skills are needed in order to make the work place a nice environment to work in and is a skill that I further developed. Everyone at BP is friendly and everyone gets along well with each other. At the start of my internship I found it hard to interact with my team as they were new people that I didn?t know much about. But as the weeks past I became more comfortable with them to have conversations and joke with them; I also went for lunch with them in order to get along better with them. ...read more.

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I am most proud of the presentations I did. I presented to people all around the world which was quite scary but I did it and got great feedback which was a great achievement and it really helped me with the little confidence I had. I am also proud of the amount of work I managed to do. My manager and other team members were extremely impressed with the work I produced as I worked efficiently. Before the internship I wanted to be a web developer and I wanted to study computing at university. After the internship I realised what I like about IT is the general use of programs like Microsoft in which every business uses. My team also talked to me and gave me advice on different career paths in which may be suitable for me. I now want to study business management at university because I do enjoy business and it will lead me to work for a successful company. In conclusion, the internship was a great experience where I understood what skills and behaviour are needed in the work place. Now I will be able to apply the skills and knowledge to future jobs and will help me be more successful. However, I still need to have a better understand and practice on some things. Although I improved my confidence a lot I still need to work on it in order to reach my full potential. I also could have a better understanding on the different roles in BP. I worked in GWO and didn?t experience any other job roles and therefore my understanding is limited. ...read more.

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