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2 minutes ago, SarahBell said:

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Surely 'meaningful' rules out charity shops, cops and schools?

Thats teacheritis, no concept that people work outside of the public sector.

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Maybe I could give them a job, playing with dangerous lasers for the private sector.:huh:

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2 minutes ago, Turned Out Nice Again said:

There are plenty of openings for motivated young people in the vibrant British economy:

 

Obviously banking, is a good career for our talented yoof!

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16 minutes ago, SarahBell said:

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Even if I had kids wouldn't encourage them to get work experience in pubic service as it sounds like a euphemism for a very different kind of activity. 

I also wonder what's going on in the author's mind when they write "or even a school".  Do they believe it is stretching the definition of public service to near incredulity?  I kind of agree, but strange to see it come from the mouthpiece of an educational establishment. 

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Work experience is a funny thing.  For many many jobs the only visible part of the job that a works experience person can see is just hanging around having cups of tea -- the actual work bit is usually too in-depth for the person to get to grips with over a week.  Even simple things like replying to emails just looks like 'and then they spent an hour looking at emails', let alone 'I'm going to spend the next 100 hours just sitting at my desk writing a couple of reports based on a site visit that took an hour a couple of weeks ago, you can sit in the corner and watch.'

I know that I used to jolly up the time for the works experience kids, eg, get out the 'dangerous lasers' etc, to show what 'interesting jobs' looked like, but the reality was that in my actual job I'd spend only a few hours a year playing with 'dangerous lasers', and hours and hours preparing and writing about it.

[of course, that might be the point of works experience -- 'look, most people spent loads of time eating cake and looking at facebook!  Don't be scared of work!']

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I did work experience with the water board when i was 15. It involved going out with a fit MILF in wellies measuring water flows in streams and wells. Very pleasant way to spend a week I have to say.

On Friday back at the office she showed me the formulas they used for calculations and I drew up a big table and calculated all the figures they needed for predicting water usage and how many new wells etc they would need in the area.

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1 minute ago, davidg said:

I did work experience with the water board when i was 15. It involved going out with a fit MILF in wellies measuring water flows in streams and wells. Very pleasant way to spend a week I have to say.

On Friday back at the office she showed me the formulas they used for calculations and I drew up a big table and calculated all the figures they needed for predicting water usage and how many new wells etc they would need in the area.

Waterworld! I have been there!

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10 minutes ago, davidg said:

is that a theme park?

More of a German porn film!:unsure:

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1 hour ago, MrPin said:

More of a German porn film!:unsure:

You can probably tell a lot about a nation by its porn industry output.

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24 minutes ago, davidg said:

You can probably tell a lot about a nation by its porn industry output.

What about the Galapagos Islands, just finch and turtle porn!:mellow:

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3 hours ago, SarahBell said:

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Please tell me that you and your-lad aren't expected to make a financial contribution towards this Sarah..?

 

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6 minutes ago, The XYY Man said:

 

Please tell me that you and your-lad aren't expected to make a financial contribution towards this Sarah..?

 

XYY

 

 

                                                                                                               

 

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Taken from a friend's wall. 

My lad did a week at the local housing association. Hasn't been near a job since! 

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8 minutes ago, SarahBell said:

Taken from a friend's wall. 

My lad did a week at the local housing association. Hasn't been near a job since! 

A sensible blurk you've got there by the sound of it..!

I can assure you - and anyone else reading this - that the so-called virtues of most forms of work are vastly overrated..!

;)

 

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It does sound like the letter expects the kids to do their work experience in the public sector, rather than the avaricous private sector.

I did my work experience in a commercial pharmaceuticals laboratory, complete with genuinely dangerous chemicals, biohazards and animal testing. They didn't actually let us into the animal-testing wing, but I can't imagine any school considering such a placement today.

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I did mine at a local dairy farm. It was hard work, but I got to play with tractors. Unfortunately I ran over one of the farm cats. They were good about it though, said they had loads of them.

 

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3 hours ago, MrPin said:

What about the Galapagos Islands, just finch and turtle porn!:mellow:

Have you watched any turtle porn?

 

 

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Not that I have done a study or anything but :

American porn seems to be obsessed with sticking it in the wrong hole and British porn seems obsessed with sticking your hand in there first.

Not sure what either of these things say or mean but it certainly doesn't float my boat.

 

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Talk about thread drift!

Work experience is probably valuable for those who are considering certain jobs - manual work, the forces, police, lorry driving - as you can actually experience some of the job. In general these are jobs where people don't do a degree or A levels so going on work experience at 16 is worthwhile as it will give them an indication of whether their chosen job is something they like.

For office jobs however there is no way you can experience the job because it lacks the routine that anyone can dip into and all you can be given is simple, tedious office junior jobs that people are having to create for you.

For most office jobs you will also be doing A levels or degree and, knowing that, may have little idea at 16 what job you want to do other some vague idea of the professions.

I was pleased that my school didn't do it as I was aware that I didn't know what I wanted to do and didn't want to have to pick one randomly to spend a week making coffee and photocopying.

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13 hours ago, Reebo said:

I did mine at a local dairy farm. It was hard work, but I got to play with tractors. Unfortunately I ran over one of the farm cats. They were good about it though, said they had loads of them.

 

 

At the farm near me their cats have got so inbred they've gone soft in the head and are constantly getting run over. Quite often they get an innocent motorist, at the door, expecting them to be heartbroken when, in reality, they're not pets and there to keep rodents in the dairy down, and the farmer takes a plenty more where they came from attitude.

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8 hours ago, man o' the year said:

Not that I have done a study or anything but :

American porn seems to be obsessed with sticking it in the wrong hole and British porn seems obsessed with sticking your hand in there first.

Not sure what either of these things say or mean but it certainly doesn't float my boat.

 

 

I think we're nearly at peak porn where every appendage and bodily fluid has gone into every viable orifice.

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18 hours ago, whitevanman said:

Does working at an estate agent count? Ramping house prices for the good of society. I'm sure the teachers will be down with the cause.

Ha ha, I did my week's work experience at a small Estate Agents when I was 15. :ph34r: Most homes for sale were a 5 figure sum back then, the market recovering from the early 1990s recession.

The first 2 or 3 days the office was managed by the sales negotiator. She was alright. At the end of the week the husband and wife owners appeared. Wife was OK but the husband was a bit of an oddball (stereotypical EA then!). There was one occasion where he received some bad news about something and he had to go back out. Negotiator asked him if he would like me to accompany him and he very bluntly said 'no'.

We went to a few house calls in a 3 or 4 year old VW Polo.

Had to make him a tea or coffee whenever he wanted. I did what I was told but not before asking the rest the office workers wanted. I unknowingly probably deflated his self importance bubble.

 

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