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14 year olds view on work experience

George is 14 and goes to Darrick Wood School in Orpington. He has already chosen geography, ICT, Business Studies and French for his GCSE options. He cwants to move into accounting or something related when he leaves school.

Here are George’s comments on work experience.

“I am doing work experience with my school next year, opposed to this year. For work experience next year, I’d like to work somewhere that provides placements in accounting as it is what I’d like to do, and I feel it would be benefit my later searching’s of work and jobs when I leave school.

When finding my placement, I intend on emailing and sending letters to various companies and employers to find out way in advance, if there would be any chance of them offering me a placement with them. I also think that at school there is either an officer, or advisor who helps locate pupils to their chosen placement on account of their interests and subject choices.

I currently have not got a CV prepared for work experience or future work as of yet, but intend to put one together when the time comes around. As I’ve never had to create a CV before, I would probably go to my sister or mum, as they have both had experience in creating CV’s- my mum working in an HR company and my sister just having applied for university and Saturday jobs.

To sell myself well when writing a CV I would list all my positive qualities such as being enthusiastic, hard-working, a quick learner, a good listener and a team player. I would list my hobbies and interests such as karate, riding my bike and being (a bit) of a film buff. I would also list my educational qualities such as the schools I have been to, the subjects I have studied with my achievements within them as well as my grades reived in them.”

Lily is 14, goes to Blackfen School for girls. These are Lily’s comments on work experience.

“At this moment in time I do not know when I will be doing work experience; myself and fellow students haven’t heard anything about it, but I know that the year above me are doing it in year 11 which is just after September, so I will most probably be doing it next year.

What sort of work placement do I want? Well I’m not 100% sure but I would have to try and get something I enjoy or I wouldn’t work well, I would lose concentration very easily. I’d like to get something to do with maybe media or photography, because I have done office work, just as a little summer job before, and I got distracted quickly!

I hope maybe to ask a family member to help me out getting work experience with them, or a friend so I could secure a placement with them. Currently I haven’t got my own CV because I don’t know how to do them myself, so I will work on one when I need it.

I have no idea how to create my own CV, so I would most probably ask for help on this, so whoever is knowledgeable at it can help me and guide me through it.

I think if CV’s didn’t exist then selling myself to an employer would be easier, because you can talk to the person face to face, but I can’t, so selling myself on a piece of paper is harder… I would start it off with what I have done before like office work etc., what things I enjoy doing, and other things that will hopefully come to mind when I am writing my own CV.

All in all I’m looking forward to work experience because it will give me an idea of what working is going to be like.”

How would you go about securing a work placement?

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Young People Reviews of Firebird Training’s Winning CVs DVD – First Steps to Getting an Interview

Olivia was given a copy of Inspired Youths/Firebird Training’s DVD, ‘First steps to getting an interview’ to watch so she could create her CV. This is her review of the DVD.

“After watching the DVD on creating a CV it has helped me realise a series of different things. Being a student, from GCSE Level there is always guidance towards your future pathways, but nonetheless sometimes it can be particularly challenging making it applicable to you. It can be hard knowing where you want to go in life, and distinguishing your desires and ambitions and making them a reality whilst tackling the obstacles in the way.

I realised it’s key to focus on your key strengths as an individual, listing your hobbies, interests and achievements so far in school and out of school (such as work experience). Being a teenager, it’s easy to think of the things you’re not good at and weaknesses, as opposed to strengths, but you have to be honest with yourself as everyone has their strengths and skills, and it is important to highlight them to a potential employer.

It is also key to know what goals you have for the future, and what you are going to need to do to achieve them. Of course, no one at a young age knows EXACTLY what they want to do, but it is good to gather a clear idea of what you want to achieve based on the things you enjoy and are importantly good at.

Lastly, it is essential to focus on breaking down your obstacles in front of you. Things will not be given to you on a plate, and will not be solved without being looked at, so by writing down and identifying the challenges ahead of you it is more likely you will achieve exactly what you want.” Olivia

George will need to CV when he starts to approach employers for his work placement so Firebird Training’s Inspired Youths gave him a copy of ‘First steps to getting an interview’ to help him create his CV. This is his review of the DVD.

“After watching the DVD supplied, it helped me to figure out my strengths and weaknesses, which helped me to write my CV so it will encourage an employer to read it based on a first glance. It shows what I am good at. On my CV I have included my hobbies, interests, my previous jobs and work experience and history of my education with grades.

I have asked family to write on my mind bubble (a worksheet on the CD that I printed out) to display my strengths and talents, which helped me put together a collection of my achievements which I have displayed on my CV. For example, I am an independent learner, a good listener, and work well in teams, all of which will appeal to an employer when handing out CV’s and gaining interviews.

The DVD also helped me figure out a clear career goal for later on in life as it puts it in a simpler form. It has made me write down things that I can achieve with the knowledge I already have. For example I am good at Maths which will assist me in my path to becoming an accountant. It will also help me channel the things I am good at into a career I can enjoy and benefit from.

This also helped me to work out the obstacles in front of my future accolades, such as finishing school, GCSE’s and achieving the grades I need to help me into a successful career path. By breaking down these obstacles and successfully completing them (such as exams) I will be on my way for my desired job and future.” George

Lily did not know how to create a CV so Inspired Youths/Firebird Training gave her a copy of ‘First steps to getting an interview’ to help her create her CV. This is what she had to say about the DVD.

“After watching the DVD it is much easier for me to write my CV than it was before. Having young people speaking on the DVD was good because younger people can relate to them. The video has been put together well by allowing the students in the DVD to show qualities in themselves and you go away taking something from that. By watching the DVD and writing on the worksheets on the CD at the same time really helps. Overall I found students and adults can benefit from this DVD.” Lily

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