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Between June 30th to July 14th, I had the most nervous and prominent moment of my life, I went to work for the first time of my 15 years life. I felt exciting fervent and passionate, after a scrutinising and strict interview with my boss Ralph Cohen. Wondering what will it be like to work like a mature adult? On June 30th the first day of work. I woke up early, and feel sceptical about what'll the following 2 weeks be like. I rush out of my flat, stride and run towards the tube station, and jump on a tube train, with my heart pumping and beating vigorously. Along the train journey, I try and concentrate my mind to prepare me for the first day of work, as the atmosphere of the workplace became more palpable to me, I tends to wince a bit, imagining about the people I'm about to met, and wonder what will they opine about me. My mind felt scrupulous and intricate about the future responsibility that I need to be responsible for working in the UK leading pharmacy chains-Boots. Finally the train arrives at its station of terminal, the North West suburb of Uxbridge. Uxbridge compact a mix of medium size of commercial and residential building, locating at the North West edge of greater London, illustrating absurd scenery of combined metropolitan and country way of life, creating a contrast between tranquillity and busy, noisy city life. ...read more.


The first day ended lately at 5:30pm, I left the store feeling fatigable, but simultaneously feeling glad of my achievements so far, wanting to be more active, pursuable, but also fluent at the tasks assign in the following days of working. The ascending days were not much different to the first day; the tasks became parts of the daily routine of working. Giving me lots of chance to continue practising the stock managing skills that I've been taught, and making myself more fluent with the working environment and tasks, without stretching my stamina too much at learning unfamiliar new skills, making myself feel fatigue and miserable. Despite the smooth shift of time, during the 2 weeks. There're still period, where I've made some major mistake that cause problem to the store, and halt the pace of working. For example once I accidentally tag an offer tag on a non-offer item, causing confusion among the store staffs and customers, until I spotted and realised the mistake, it was too late, an preventable vengeful argument had broke out between an angry customer and confused cashier staff. The customer persist that there're an offer, while the store staff not sure to prompt the offer or not? I want to try and succumb my scruple desire to lie and reticent the truth, but I find it not sinful, thus I bravely confront the customer and staff and told them my mistakes, and would like to offer my apologise for the preventable rampant rage. ...read more.


I push the store door once more, since my arrival, but this time it is the end of this experience, I leave the store with a sense of maturity and expertism about the experience and skills on stock and shop management, that I've gained in these 2 weeks working. Not abstractism and paradoxy, the suspicious thought that annoy me when I arrived. Leaving the store, make me retrospect what the store offers to me, in terms of vocational learning. I had learnt a lot about running and stocking a pharmacy efficiently, using various key skills, such as communication, numerical, and ICT to carry out the tasks. All of these add up to broaden my personal strength and aspect on future recruitment, and most importantly my curriculum vitae, which shows to future employer that I had experience working in stock and shop control, making myself more advertisable to the future employers. In my opinion, I think work experience is useful, but to some extent. Although it gave and offer me a broad insight of vocational aspect of working, it still scarcely examine my academic knowledge, I still felt abstract and absurd about the application of those knowledge in real working environment. If the academic and vocational aspect of knowledge is combined together, the work experience will be much beneficial to students, teaching them knowledge from both area of learning at the same time, which student can compare and relate to school learning. Onyi LEUNG 11UW Creative writing-Work experience 5/7/2007 1 ...read more.

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