Work Experience Essay

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Work Experience

Work experience. The first time those words were mentioned I felt a
cold shiver slowly descend down my back. Images of spending a week
with unknown people in dead-end jobs flooded into my head. It was
obviously going to be far too much effort for what it was worth. Yet,
another side of me said do I want to be watching paint dry, or even
watching grass grow.’ This is not where I want to be. I want to be
out, I want to be experiencing, living, running, jumping, eating,
playing, screaming, laughing, anything.

I had to apply to a company for a two week placement, and this had to
be done through proper procedures, so I had to make sure my curriculum
vitae was up to date and well presented. I first began to think what
type of work experience would I most enjoy and benefit from. I thought
I would like to work in a computer related placement since I am doing
IT as a GCSE and I have a keen interest in it. I went along to the
careers office and talked to the careers teacher but he didn’t quite
have what I wanted so I went home and done some research on the
internet and found a contact number and e-mail, I phoned the number
and asked about any work experience opportunities and they said the
best thing was to e-mail my queries to a certain e-mail address. 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. I then went to the
careers office and found a contact address of a manager in Mulberry
Place; I applied, sending my CV and letter of application. One week
later got a letter confirming my two week placement.

The day before, my initial feelings were very peculiar, because all my
friends said they are excited about having this experience, but I felt
the opposite, sentiment nervous. I could not figure out why that
everyone started to become expectant of they’re administrative centre
to be a fascinating and an enjoyable practice. I was thinking to
myself, “Why does everyone feel so confident of themselves”, and then
I told myself “Why is it me that is petrified and me only”. Everyone
else was intrigued to their workplace so why aren’t I. All the pupils
were just saying how they would fit right in but I was very anxious as
to whether I’ll fit in or not. I felt that the prospect of working in
an unfamiliar place was profligate. I say this because the people I’d
meet would have a far grater status than...

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