Work Experience 1 Learner's Record

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Work Experience 1 Learner's Record

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  2. 2. This Leaving Cert. Work Experience Module 1 Learner’s Record © first edition was written by Brian Comerford of Classroom Guidance 2011.It is based on the Leaving Cert. Applied Work Experience Module 1 in the Vocational Preparation andGuidance Module Descriptor written by the NCCA (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment). www.classroomguidance.com 2
  3. 3. Table of ContentsUNIT 1: PRE PLACEMENT PLANNING UNIT PAGEWE 1. Discuss Working 1WE 2. Self Assessment 2WE 3. Achievements 3WE 4. Coping Strategies 4WE 5. What Employers Want 5WE 6. Basic Information 7WE 7. Before Your Placement 8UNIT 2: PLACEMENT UNITWE 8. The Diary 9UNIT 3: OPERATIONAL UNITWE 9. Important Aspects Of Work 19UNIT 4: REVIEW OF EXPERIENCEWE 10. Review Questions 20WE 11. Thank You Letters 21 3
  4. 4. Unit 1: Pre-Placement Planning UnitWE 1. Discuss WorkingHave you ever worked e.g. holiday-work or part-time work?________________________________________________________________What were you expected to do?________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What skills did these jobs require?1.2.3. 4
  5. 5. WE 2. Self AssessmentSkills ProfileBefore you undertake your work experience placement, rate yourself onthe two skills lists below using the following scale:5: Excellent 4: Good 3: Average 2: Fair 1: PoorPersonal / Interpersonal Skills Honest Enthusiastic Confident Persistent Co-operative Creative Assertive Tactful Methodical Adaptable Sensitive to others Conscientious Independent Willing to learn Understanding Can accept criticism Reliable Can work on your own Punctual Can work as part of a team Helpful 5
  6. 6. Practical Skills Report writing Working with numbers Making things Keyboard skills Working with computers Managing money Problem solving Driving Reading Repairing things Foreign languages AssemblingWE 3. AchievementsWrite down three things you want to achieve from your work experience: 1. ___________________________________________________ 2. ___________________________________________________ 3. ___________________________________________________ 6
  7. 7. WE 4. Coping StrategiesWork Situation 1 You are sick and can’t make it to work.What do you do?___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Work Situation 2 You absolutely hate the work experience and don’t feel you are learning anything.What do you do?___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Work Situation 3 You are late on your first day and your boss gets annoyed and shouts at you.What do you do?___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 7
  8. 8. Work Situation 4 You are asked to go and get a sky hook from the store room. When you return without it everyone is laughing at you.What do you do?___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Work Situation 5 You are being bullied or you are made to feel uncomfortable by somebody you work with.What do you do?___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Work Situation 6 Your contact person is not available.What do you do?___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 8
  9. 9. WE 5. What Employers WantRank the qualities in the table below in the order you believe employersfind important, with number one being the most important and numberten the least important. QUALITY RANK Versatile Takes initiative Takes pride in work Good personal relations / Works well with others Listens to instructions Quality conscious Asks questions Good timekeepers Methodical and neat Reports faultsWE 6. Basic InformationName and address of the workplace: 9
  10. 10. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Contact person’s detailsNamePositionTelephone numberNature of the work:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Your working hours_________________________________________________________Departure time from home_________________________________________________________Appropriate dress_________________________________________________________ 10
  11. 11. Lunch and travel arrangements__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What you hope to learn___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Health & Safety issues__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________WE 7. Before Your PlacementFill in the following table with your:ExpectationsHopesWorriesQuestion I need to ask on the first day:___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 11
  12. 12. Unit 2: Placement UnitWE 8. The DiaryDay 1Who did I meet on arrival?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Were you given a supervisor? ________________________________How many people are you working with? _____________What jobs did you do on the first day?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What were the break times?_________________________________________________________What did you do at lunchtime?_________________________________________________________What was the best thing about the day?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What was the worst?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 12
  13. 13. Day 2List the jobs you did:1.2.3.4.5.What equipment did you use?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What was the best thing about the day?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What was the worst?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 13
  14. 14. Day 3List the jobs you did:1.2.3.4.5.Were there any Health & Safety rules?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What was the best thing about the day?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What was the worst?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 14
  15. 15. Day 4List the jobs you did:1.2.3.4.5.What hours do people work in the company?________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What happens if your or miss a day?________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What was the best thing about the day?________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What was the worst?________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 15
  16. 16. Day 5List the jobs you did:1.2.3.4.5.How are you getting on with the people you work with?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What was the best thing about the first five days?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What was the worst part of the first five days?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What skills have you learned so far?1.2.3.4. 16
  17. 17. Day 6List the jobs you did:1.2.3.4.5.How did you feel going in to work?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Have you had any problems so far?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________List the departments within the company:1.2.3.4.5. 17
  18. 18. Day 7List the jobs you did:1.2.3.4.5.What are the main differences between school and work?______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What was the best thing about the day?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What was the worst?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 18
  19. 19. Day 8 - The InterviewPick a person you work with and ask them the following questions:What job do they do in the company?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________How did they get the job?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Did they need any training or qualifications to get the job?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What do they like most about the job?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What do they hate about their job?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Would they like to do something different?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Do they have any advice for you?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 19
  20. 20. Day 9What personal qualities are needed for this job?1.2.3.How would you apply for a job in this company?___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 20
  21. 21. Day 10How did you think you did? Excellent Good FairAttendanceTime KeepingGetting on with yoursupervisorGetting on with otherworkersAbility to do the jobYour level of interestin the jobWhat have you learned about yourself during the ten days?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What was the best thing about the ten days?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What was the worst?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 21
  22. 22. Unit 3: Operational UnitWE 9. Important Aspects Of WorkWhy is attendance and punctuality important?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Why do most work places have a dress code?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Why is the ability to follow instructions and to learn new skills important?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Why do employers like you to complete tasks willingly and carefully?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Why is the ability to adapt to the workplace environment important?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Why is communicating well with colleagues, supervisors and the publicimportant?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What is the advantage in displaying a positive attitude to the job?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Why is it a good idea to observe Health & Safety regulations in theworkplace?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 22
  23. 23. Unit 4: Review of ExperienceWE 10. Review Questions1.What have you learned about working life?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________2.Fill in the skills and qualities you have developed on your placement: Skills Qualities3.Your performance.Did you find it easy?_________________________________________________________Did you find it difficult?_________________________________________________________Was it boring?_________________________________________________________Did you find the work interesting?_________________________________________________________What do the answers to the above questions tell you about how you aresuited to the job?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 23
  24. 24. 4. Was the work how you expected it to be?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Review the self-assessment checklist in WE 2. Discuss with a classmateyour expectations of your work experience.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Did anything unexpected happen?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________5. Vocational InterestsWould you want to work in this area in the future?Yes □ No □Can you study a course in this area?Yes □ No □What are your plans for the next placement?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________6. What qualities and skills would you need to develop if you werelooking for a promotion in your placement?____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 24
  25. 25. WE 11. Thank You LettersUsing the template below, make sure you send a thank you letter to youremployer. Your Address _______________ _______________ _______________ Today’s Date _______________ Dear ……………, Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the ………………..area. I learned a lot about ……………….. and what is needed to become a successful ………….. . I really enjoyed working with all the staff and would like to thank them for making me feel so welcome. Yours sincerely, ……………………. Your Name 25

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