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To write a discursive essay which details the advantages and disadvantages of work experience.

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Task Set: To write a discursive essay which details the advantages and disadvantages of work experience. The work experience program was developed and introduced to school students as a means of providing teenagers with valuable experience of the world outside of school. This is considered particularly important at this stage as, after completing the GCSE syllabus many students will be thinking about moving into a career, and they may be surprised to find out just how different working life is to school life. The scheme usually lasts for a two week period and enables students to gain a first hand insight into the routine problems and challenges faced at work. Developing your ability to work with adults as part of a team is a key skill which work experience identifies. By doing this you can help build your self-confidence and self-esteem. This also can help improve your maturity, initiative and decision making skills. ...read more.

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During the course of the work experience period I found myself doing a lot of running around after people which I did not mind unless I was very busy with another task they had set me and then I was expected to drop everything and do something else. Similarly they try to talk down to you and make you feel as if their job is a lot more difficult than it actually is. As a student on work experience I found myself constantly having to prove myself to my boss and it was not until later on in the placement when it became apparent to them that their knowledge was not as vastly different to mine as they had thought and that I was more than capable of doing anything that they threw at me. Another down side to work experience is that the hours are much longer than our school hours and so, to some students who have less drive to carry on working diligently throughout the day, this may come as a great shock. ...read more.

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I have realised just how different school life is to work. At school there are many teachers to help guide you through you education but at work you are given a task and expected to get on with it. I found that with certain tasks that I did not enjoy it was best to keep my feelings inside rather than voice them to my boss who would then find more of the same work for me to do. I found that I got great satisfaction from helping customers who were having problems with products and that if I was able to help I would certainly try my best. I would advise the school to continue with the work experience program as I feel that I have learnt a great deal and have matured greatly as a result of working with other adults. This scheme gives students a great opportunity to get a taste of life outside of school and encourages them to work hard and get an enjoyable job which would not become tedious after working day-in-day-out for the rest of their lives. ...read more.

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