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GCSE: Work experience reports
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because we will be spending our time helping the younger students with something that is an incredibly important part of their education. We will also like to be role models for the younger students. Before we actually do the activity it is important to now what topic the students find the most difficult and it is my job to find out this information. Inorder to find out which topic we have to teach the students I will design a questionnaire for the maths class to do and I will then analyse the results to see what topic we will have to prepare a lesson for.
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One big disadvantage is that we all live quite far away from each other so it was hard to have meetings out of school time so we had to rely on email and instant messengers to contact each other. We will hold meeting every two weeks during school so it's easy to contact each other. Our first meeting will be choosing our event and charity so we can give everyone in the group tasks to do. Members It was a bit of a set back when one of our members left because we needed to distribute the tasks given to
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Some meetings involved parents and letter were given out. Any other questions we had about the trip were answered. No interview was required as it was a school residential therefore any information needed was passed through school. The campsite was based in the Lake District so we travelled by coach. We set off on Monday 10th July at about 7.30am. Travelling by coach gave me a lot of time to think as it took 3 and a half hour to get there.
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However as the days went by my fears were alleviated due to the children in my school talking about what they wanted to do for work experience and how much fun it was going to be. After hearing my friends' comments about work experience and understanding how many skills I would gain, I became very excited about the responsibilities and challenges that I would experience, I was now ready for the selection process. As the days went by, it finally came down to the selection process.
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That took about 3 hours because of all the wires and things like that. After that was completed there wasn't really anything else to do for the rest of the day. The next day was quite a scare for me, we left at the usual time and I went straight up to the workshop when I got there, there was a trailer I the garage and I asked what its there for and he said just for a check over he told me to go under the trailer to see if there is any air leaks when he does the test, so I got under the trailer and he said you might feel the trailer move a bit.
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Comet Stores is a well-known brand, which sells household electronic devices. The placement that I was in was the biggest store in the city. The complex comprised of two floors namely the sales floor (which was the first floor) and the warehouse, which was the second floor. Before attending the work placement I had to phone up and book an interview with the manager in charge of the store. A week after the phone call was the date of my interview.
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She then sent my c.v out to the company. This placement was secured. It was French Connection in Harlequin. The type of work I had to do was retail. I had to stock up clothes help customers, watch changing rooms and order in new stock. From this experience I was hoping to gain patience with women as I was working with them and helping them, gain more confidence and experience with young girls and deal with problem that I may encounter. My fear was that I would was that I would end up getting very friendly with some customers that I may serve as I was told by Miss Beacker I would be in the women's section helping the girls out.
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As per usual mum started crying because her little girl was growing up. I'm only going to work it isn't like I'm leaving home, I told her. But yet she still made some speech up although I didn't understand what she was going on about due to the sobbing. When I finally left and got to work it was just me and Becca standing in the corner not having a clue what to do. Nine o'clock came and I was introduced to the staff. There was Louise the mum of the group. She made sure everyone was ok especially me and sue.
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Thomas Moore's did their work experience. Before this, I'd wearily called many primary schools only to get a prim reply of, "I'm sorry but we're full." St Joseph's was my saviour and as long as I got to work with cute, adorable children, who was I to complain? Nerves had never particularly affected me as I fail to work myself up over embarrassing or nerve-wrecking incidents so I was surprised at how much my hand shook while trying to apply eyeliner, on my first day. If I didn't watch out, I'd scare the children away.
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How depressing. When I get home eventually I get into my jeans and have my tea. After that I am straight out of the door. I go down to the bus stop where I live because there is no where for us to go. We sit in there all night. How fun! I go home and then turn my tele on and fall asleep. Tuesday Great! School again I get to be bored all day and stare at the ceiling for six hours having the time of my life.
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I was expecting to be interviewed by a hard faced, dull person who did not seem to have a bright future, whose world just evolved around by decayed teeth but instead she was totally the opposite, she was very friendly and welcoming, I felt as if I had known her for years. It was rather an informal interview; she showed me the entire infrastructure of the hospital, it felt like entering another planet in outer space as their were dozen of floors which had dozens of department, there was a unique language in the Hospital where words like RD2, A&C were used, which seemed to be Chinese to me at first.
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During that time I had to follow extremely strict rules and guidelines. These were for the safety of my colleagues, customers and me. When I found out about this it came useful when we had a false alarm on my second day, to which I was able to confidently follow the safety procedure.
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I went to pc world which is a company which sells customers computers and accessories with good value for money, I went in with the information of a the computer I was looking for and a assistance walked up to us and asked if we wanted help so I explained the computer I want and in second he found the match for me.
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For my work experience I went to work in a music shop called Broadway music, which sells everything from reeds to guitar strings. They mainly specialise in guitars. This shop was located in Rayners Park
When I stepped in I felt welcome but also a little shy and nervous. I stood in front of the counter for about 5 minutes just talking to Karen about how I was getting on with my music, and then the other boy arrived. Karen told us were to put our coats and our stuff and we started our first job. Our first job was to look through the music books in the shop and find where everything was and get used to the shop.
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As I walked in through the sunlit oak panelling hall way, I suddenly got a big whiff of polish. I saw shiny gold picture frames, a logo representing Bukhari Solicitors, just above the door opposite me, tidy piles of paper and files were stacked on top of each other almost ready to tumble. I walked onwards towards a door with a shiny golden plaque on it which read "Reception", I knocked... "Enter", the voice sounded cold and shrilly. I walked inside and there sat a tall, bow old man, his beard tied up in a red bobble, he surveyed me with his half moon spectacles and said "Sit down please".
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They asked me if I wanted to work for them and somehow I must have agreed, probably because I would have had less pressure in finding another one if I got a rejection from Lords. I was regretting taking the job, as I was disapointed in not getting a cricket based job or a job that would have helped me in my career. I had always known that I wanted to be an accountant so I should have got a placement at an accountancy agency.
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Plus I thought that there would be at least one person early in the office on a Monday morning. I was wrong. Whilst reading a leaflet on how to claim bankruptcy, I heard footsteps approaching. My heart raced and I stood, ready to introduce myself. But each time, the footsteps trod in a different direction and the sound died away and I was left disappointed but also feeling even more apprehensive than before. I started pacing up and down the unlit corridor when I saw two smiling women walking towards me.
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My work experience application was accepted for a local caf, where I was hoping to get a weekend job at, at the end of my work placement.
Apparently I was going to be working '....in a variety of scenarios'. I pictured myself making executive decisions over the phone and taking an ever-increasing amount of money off the public and into the tills. Actually, my first task was to remove the packaging from the ice-lollies and put them into the freezers. Einstein eat your heart out. It was then that I quickly realised that I was going to be doing the jobs that no-one wanted to for the whole exciting two weeks. Oh well, it was better than chemistry. Just.
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See the picture in the appendices. This was useful as it gave me a starting point to help me make my choices. December 4 Students make placement choice/s. Having a suggested date to come up with where I wanted to go helped me to focus quickly as I didn't want to lose out on my preferred placements. December 16 Students submit to tutors completed application letters and CV's. This was important so I could have what I had written checked for any spelling or grammatical errors.
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At this stage I was quite excited, this was really because I had completed and handed in something before anyone else in my class, which must have been a first. I was told to go in on Monday morning at "around 10 or 11 o clock", so I chose a happy medium and went in for half ten. This was a nice lie in for me. I travelled by metro, this took around 45 minutes, which was ok if I had a complimentary newspaper to read, but two days out of the five it was not, so I had a very boring journey to work.
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The company that I worked in was a video shop. It was a small business but had hundreds of customers. It specializes in DVD's, Video's and Games. It had around 3000 movies and games in stock
For this citizen issue I will construct a short questionnaire which I will ask people who I will meet at my work experience to fill out I have included 5 in appendix. Out of this placement I hope to gain new skills which I could use and develop in the future. Make new friends and hopefully get a part time job. I want to achieve a good reference, experience about work and find out the different aspects of a business and how its run.
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You can either phone them, e-mail them or send them a letter. What I did was phone them because I believe this was the most affective way and this way you are also able to find out more necessary information. All I had to do after I phoned was go and visit my placement to get to know everyone and to get to know the building. The day before I started on my work experience I was very anxious, but at the same time I was looking forward. So don't worry if you have similar feelings before you start your work experience because they're just normal.
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I was so tired I couldn't even be bothered to get up in the morning. So many people standing outside
dressed, it looked as if he had tried to come in his best clothes but they still looked a bit old and worn out as if he had worn them on one too many occasions, where he tried to look his best. Looking down I could see that his shoes were also a bit tattered and battered the heel of the shoe was a bit messed up.
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I took the bus to and from town everyday, which was fine although I had to get up earlier as bus journeys in the morning are fairly long due to other people like me travelling to work. My dress code stated that I dressed in a 'smart and casual' manner, this lead to me wearing a t-shirt, jeans and trainers. There wasn't any strict rules on dress requirements, which I thought was fairly good, they provided me a t-shit for me , as it showed I belonged to their company.
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I e-mailed this person and they replied wanting to know what was the exact specification of this work experience. After several e-mails, they told me to send my CV along with a letter of application and so I did. A few weeks later I received a e-mail saying they do not do work experience for GCSE students, but added by saying they were planning to launch such opportunities and work placements and said to me that be sure to apply to them after my GCSE's and said I did have a good chance looking at my CV for future opportunities.
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