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Work experience report - Dorothy Perkins in Sittingbourne.

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Work experience report For my work experience from the period 20th April till 2nd may I was placed at Dorothy Perkins in Sittingbourne. This is an organisation that deals in the retail of ladies fashion and is a chain store, which has shops, located in most towns in the United Kingdom. I worked Monday-Friday 9:00am-5: 30pm but the manageress of the shop I was situated at often let me leave early due to shortage of work for myself. Before I arrived at my placement I had a varied ideas of what was expected of me, how to compass myself and considering retail shopping isn't something I wish to follow up as a career, I wondered how interesting I would I would find the work and if I would be involved enough to understand what goes on behind the scene. The other worry I had was transport, I live in the countryside and the only public transport available to me is a bus service which is a very limited service, but how ever I found I didn't have a problem, the first bus of the morning left my village at 8:04am, arriving at Sittingbourne at 8:40am, which meant I had 20 minutes to spare. ...read more.


I felt like I was being given tasks that would keep me busy and out of the way. Rather than actually learning about the company itself. The afternoon was spent outside the dressing rooms again. A couple of customers asked me to help them find different sizes and styles of outfits to suit the, - and were happy with the assistance I offered them. I found that the members of staff I worked with all chatted and laughs amongst themselves, but I was very much ignored and treated as an outsider. Not too long later a delivery arrived and I was asked to assist. This involved removing the plastic covering on the clothes and hanging them up on a rail. I was asked to put a size cube on the coat hanger to describe the size of the garment. There were two sorts of cubes, silver one's that belong on a sliver coat hanger which represents Dorothy Perkins petite range and black cubes for black coat hangers which represent the normal, standard range. After sizing the garments with a size cube, I tagged them with an anti-theft security tag which sets off an alarm if removed from the store by that when you purchase an item the tag is electronically removed at the till. ...read more.


assisting them with their needs and helping to provide the goods they require, when I left today everyone wished me luck and the manageress presented me with a �10.00 gift voucher to thank me for my time and the effort I put in. When I left my placement I didn't receive any comments regarding my time there, but according to my employees evaluation form that was filled out by the assistant manager, I scored excellent on every personnel ability and the comment stated was " Amie worked well as part of the team, always showed willing and keen to learn new things. A great help in completing tasks given". My conclusion to my work experience, is that I feel that my time spent at Dorothy Perkins was of no help to me with my future career, I felt I was given jobs that no-one else wanted to do, meaning the employees of the firm had a hassle free week, I was kept out of the way and in the background learning nothing of any importance of how the company runs. The things I did learn anyone would know by using a bit of commonsense. The only conclusion I have come to is that ladies retail fashion is defiantly not a career I will pursue. I found it very dreary, dull and uninteresting job. ...read more.

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