Evaluation of participation and responsible action during Work Experience.
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5th July 2004 Sophie Hyde 10w CITIZENSHIP GCSE COURSEWORK A Evaluation of participation and responsible action during Work Experience. From 21st June to 2nd July 2004, I took part in a Work experience placement. I didn't know what I would like to be when I left school, so therefore I decided to go somewhere that has a variety. I first looked on the NYBEP website, but there was nothing I wanted to do, so, I decided to refer back to when I worked at Malton Show with the Gazette and Herald. After deciding to go the paper I wrote a letter to the employer, Mr McMillan, asking him to accept me. I then sent him my WE4 form so he could fill it in. I found out what was required by telephoning Mr McMillan, the editor, and asking him a series of questions.
Later that day I was told that I was to go out to the North Minster Business Park and York college to take some photographs with Anthony, and I couldn't believe my eyes when I got into a dark blue metallic convertible. On the first Wednesday, I was handed back to the Gazette and Herald and was given a two hour induction by Mr McMillan. I was told to sort out 300 papers and put them in order. I spent the rest of the day typing my own articles for the next week's paper. For the next two days I made 150 phone calls to various people and organizations, and before I knew it the first week had ended, I said my goodbyes and left looking forward to the week at Malton. The second week was somewhat different as I went to court on Monday, Helmsley on Thursday, and Rosedale Abbey and Terrington Hall on the Friday.
All the people I worked with helped me in one way or another, whether it was about the work in general or travelling from one place to another- and for that I'm extremely grateful. I think I helped people by doing the jobs that they didn't have time to do, for example- making all the phone calls. The benefits of work experience are that it gives you experience for the years ahead, it builds confidence and self-esteem, and it is a chance to learn about a specific career. My Work experience has influenced my decision as I have now decided that I want to become a journalist. In order to do this I will stay on at sixth form and then go on to a university to study either Journalism or English. I have discovered that in order to go into sixth form I need five or six GCSE's grade A* to C (and one must be in English). In order to become a journalist I need two A- Levels, a degree (it doesn't necessarily have to be in Journalism) and pre-entry experience.
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