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

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  • Submitted: 12/09/2003
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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.

I have found that work experience helps to add meaning to your school studies and enables you to clearly distinguish which qualifications will become useful in later life.

Work experience can also provide opportunities for students to

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