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Transition Year Work Experience & Voc Preperation

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Transition Year Work Experience & Voc Preperation

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  2. 2. Do Not Photocopy Thank You Table of Contents Page UNIT 1: CAREER INVESTIGATION UNIT 2: FINDING WORK EXPERIENCE UNIT 3: WORK SEARCH PRACTICE 1.1 Work – Why? 1 1.2 Effects Of Working In An Unsatisfactory Job 2 1.3 Choosing A Career 2 1.4 Carrying Out The Investigation – Interviews 3 1.5 Carrying Out The Investigation – Guidance Counsellor Interview 6 1.6 Carrying Out The Investigation – Courses 7 1.7 Conclusion 8 1.8 Reflection 9 2.1 Job Searching - The Cost 10 2.2 Sources Of Work Experience 10 2.3 Finding Work Experience 11 2.4 Networking 11 2.5 Reflection 12 3.1 Exploring Life Experiences 13 3.2 Self-Assessment 14 3.3 Goals 15 3.4 Your C.V. 16 3.5 Cover Letter 18
  3. 3. Do Not Photocopy Thank You UNIT 4: GETTING HIRED 4.1 How Companies Hire 24 4.2 Before An Interview 24 4.3 Good & Bad Interviews 25 4.4 Mock Interview Self-Evaluation 26 4.5 What To Do If You Don’t Get The Job 27 4.6 Reflection 27 UNIT 5: PRE PLACEMENT PLANNING 5.1 Coping Strategies 28 5.2 What Employers Want 30 5.3 Work Place Information 31 5.4 Before Your Placement 33 5.5 Question For Day One 33 5.6 Reflection 33 UNIT 6: PLACEMENT UNIT 6.1 The Diary 34 3.6 Getting Organised 20 3.7 Contacting Companies 22 3.8 Rate Yourself 23 3.9 Reflection 23
  4. 4. Do Not Photocopy Thank You UNIT 7: REVIEW OF EXPERIENCE 7.1 Review Questions 46 7.2 Thank You Letter 48 UNIT 8: SUBJECT CHOICE 8.1 Natural Choices 49 8.2 DATS / CAT 4 Results 49 8.3 Compulsory Subjects 49 8.4 Subject Choice 50 8.5 Compatibility 50
  5. 5. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 1 UNIT 1: CAREER INVESTIGATION 1.1 Work – Why? Write down the advantages and disadvantages of working from your discussion: Note Taker: _______________________________________________________ Spokesperson:_____________________________________________________ Other group member: _______________________________________________ Other group member: _______________________________________________ Advantages Of Working Disadvantages Of Working
  6. 6. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 2 1.2 Effects Of Working In An Unsatisfying Job List below some of the effects of working in a job you dislike: 1. ______________________________________________ _________________________________________________ 2. ________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 3. ________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 4. ________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 5. ________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 1.3 Choosing A Career List your Top 3 careers. Suggestion: use Careersportal’s interest assessment. 1. 2. 3.
  7. 7. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 3 After reading about my top three jobs, the career I’ve chosen to investigate is: _________________________________________________________ Why?_____________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 1.4 Carrying Out The Investigation - Interviews Keep a written account of any interviews done: Person’s Name: _____________________________ Job Title:___________________________________ Date of interview: _________________ Time of interview: _________________ Place of interview: _____________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ Aim of the interview:____________________________________________ _________________________________________________________
  8. 8. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 4 Interview Questions Why did you choose this career? Answer :_________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Do you find the career interesting? ` Answer :_________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ What training was involved? Answer :_________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Are you paid well? Answer :_________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ What equipment do you use every day? Answer :_________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________
  9. 9. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 5 What type of environment do you work in? Answer :_________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Do you work on your own or with others? Answer :_________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ What are the key skills / qualities involved in this job? Skills Personal Qualities What are the bad things about the job? Answer :_________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ What are the good things about the job? Answer :_________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________
  10. 10. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 6 1.5 Carrying Out The Investigation - Guidance Counsellor Interview Appointment date: ___________________ Appointment time: ___________________ Do you think I am suited to this career? Why? ________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What is the future like for this career? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Are there subjects that I need to study in my Leaving Cert? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Is there a course in college or Further Education that I should consider doing? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________
  11. 11. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 7 1.6 Carrying Out The Investigation - Courses Investigate a course that allows progression to your area of interest. Course Title College Name Minimum Entry Requirements Subjects Taught 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. No. of Years Qualification Earned Options For Graduates
  12. 12. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 8 1.7 Conclusion After investigating this career, how certain are you this is the right choice for you? Rate your certainty by circling one of the below statements: Explain the rating you gave: _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 1 I am definitely sure this is not the career for me. 2 I am nearly sure this is not the career for me. 3 I am unsure if this is the career for me. 4 I am nearly sure this is the career for me. 5 I am definitely sure this is the career for me.
  13. 13. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 9 1.8 Reflection Write down three things you learned from Unit 1 that were important to you: 1. _________________________________________________________________ 2. _________________________________________________________________ 3. _________________________________________________________________
  14. 14. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 10 UNIT 2: FINDING WORK EXPERIENCE 2.1 Job Searching – The Cost Fill in the table by calculating the costs of job searching. Item Cost Clothes Stationery Phone Credit Travel Other Total = 2.2 Sources Of Work Experience List which sources you will use to look for a work experience placement in your local area: 1. ______________________________________________________________ 2. ______________________________________________________________ 3. ______________________________________________________________ 4. ______________________________________________________________ 5. ______________________________________________________________
  15. 15. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 11 2.3 Finding Work Experience 2.4 Networking Write down the five main reasons for networking: 1. _________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 2. _________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 1. 2. 3. Company Name Address Contact Name Phone Email Web
  16. 16. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 12 3. _________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 4. _________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 5. _________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 2.5 Reflection Write down three things you learned from Unit 2 that were important to you: 1. _________________________________________________________________ 2. _________________________________________________________________ 3. _________________________________________________________________
  17. 17. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 13 UNIT 3: WORK SEARCH PRACTICE 3.1 Exploring Life Experiences The types of experiences I have had: Circle Voluntary Work Holiday Work Weekend Work Work In The Home Hobby Sport My job titles were: 1) _______________________________________________________________ 2) _______________________________________________________________ Skills / Knowledge gained: 1) _______________________________________________________________ 2) _______________________________________________________________ Title of Course undertaken: ___________________________________________ Skills / Knowledge gained: 1) _______________________________________________________________ 2) _______________________________________________________________ My hobbies are: 1) _______________________________________________________________ 2) _______________________________________________________________ Skills / Knowledge gained: 1) _______________________________________________________________ 2) _______________________________________________________________
  18. 18. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 14 3.2 Self-Assessment Skills Profile Before you undertake your work experience placement, rate yourself on the two skills lists below using the following scale: 5: Excellent 4: Good 3: Average 2: Fair 1: Poor Personal / 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
  19. 19. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 15 Practical Skills Report writing Working with numbers Making things Keyboard skills Working with computers Managing money Problem solving Driving Reading Repairing things Foreign languages Assembling 3.3 Goals Write down three goals you want to achieve from your work experience: 1. _________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 2. _________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 3. _________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________
  20. 20. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 16 3.4 Your C.V. ________Your Name_______ Personal Details Address line 1_____ Phone:____Mobile / Landline___ Address line 2_____ Email: ________________________ Address line 3_____ County_ _________ Date of Birth: ___________________ Objective List your reasons for writing this C.V. in the first place ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Education Dates from - to Name of School_____________________________ SUBJECT LEVEL GRADE
  21. 21. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 17 Work Experience Dates from - to Job Title Name & address of company_________________________ Duties included: ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ List the jobs you did using words like ‘organised, completed, co-ordinated , was responsible for’ to show that you are someone with initiative and can be trusted._____________________________________________________________ Hobbies / Interests / Achievements ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Detail what you enjoy doing in your spare time, any skills acquired and how they transfer to a work situation.____________________________________________ References 1) Your Principal 2) A boss from a past work experience School Name Company Name Address Address Phone Number Phone Number This C.V. must be typed and saved on a computer.
  22. 22. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 18 3.5 Cover Letter House Number Your Street Town/City County Today’s date Person’s Name Position Company Name Address Dear (person’s name) Ref: Job Title / Vacancy / Reference Number The opening paragraph should state why you are writing, i.e. applying for a position and when you saw it advertised. Your middle paragraph should stimulate interest in you, make your enthusiasm and interest in the job very obvious and create a desire on the part of the reader to interview you. Give details of your background that will show why you should be considered, referring to general qualifications, work experience or interests related to the position. In your closing paragraph refer to some part of your C.V. and say that further details will be supplied if requested. Yours sincerely Your Signature Your name
  23. 23. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 19 3.5 Cover Letter – Continued Using the template overleaf, create your own Cover Letter. _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ This Cover Letter must be typed and saved on a computer..
  24. 24. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 20 3.6 Getting Organised Write down what you are going to say during your initial phone call: Introduce yourself: ___________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Why do you want work experience at this organisation? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ What do you know about this organisation? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ What are the main qualities you have to offer? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________
  25. 25. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 21 How will your work experience be structured? (e.g. dates, times, about Transition Year) ______________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Do you have your C.V.? Yes No Do you have your Cover Letter? Yes No Basic information you will need: Your address Mobile number School phone numbers School contact person
  26. 26. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 22 3.7 Contacting Companies Pair up with a classmate and write a conversation that you could have with an employer. Record this conversation and play it back for your class. Me:______________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Employer:________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Me:______________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Employer:________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Me:______________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Employer:________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Me:______________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Employer:________________________________________________ Me:______________________________________________________
  27. 27. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 23 3.8 Rate Yourself Rate your pair’s performance by giving yourself an A to an F grade by ticking the box: Which conversation was the best and why? Best pair ______________________________ What was good about it? 1.__________________________________________________________________ 2.__________________________________________________________________ 3.__________________________________________________________________ 4.__________________________________________________________________ 5.__________________________________________________________________ 3.9 Reflection Write down three things you learned from Unit 3 that were important to you. 1. _________________________________________________________________ 2. _________________________________________________________________ 3. _________________________________________________________________ A Grade B Grade C Grade D Grade E Grade F Grade
  28. 28. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 24 UNIT 4: GETTING HIRED 4.1 How Companies Hire Fill in the six steps on how companies hire new employees. Step 1 _____________________________________________________________ Step 2 _____________________________________________________________ Step 3_____________________________________________________________ Step 4 _____________________________________________________________ Step 5 _____________________________________________________________ Step 6 _____________________________________________________________ 4.2 Before An Interview List five things that should be done in advance of an interview. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
  29. 29. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 25 List five things that should not be done in advance of an interview. 4.3 Good & Bad Interviews Write down six things she did wrong 1. ____________________________________ ______________________________________ 2. _________________________________________________________________ 3. _________________________________________________________________ 4. _________________________________________________________________ 5. _________________________________________________________________ 6. _________________________________________________________________ 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
  30. 30. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 26 Write down six things he did right 1._______________________________________________ ________________________________________________ 2. __________________________________________________________________ 3. __________________________________________________________________ 4. __________________________________________________________________ 5. __________________________________________________________________ 6. __________________________________________________________________ 4.4 Mock Interview Self-Evaluation Rate your own performance under the following headings: Area 5 4 3 2 1 Education, competence for the role Relevant experience Knowledge of the job specification Knowledge of the company and background research Your skills and attitude Enthusiasm How you present yourself
  31. 31. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 27 4.5 What To Do If You Don’t Get The Job Write down three things you should do if you don’t get the job: 4.6. Reflection Write down three things you learned from Unit 4 that were important to you: 1. _________________________________________________________________ 2. _________________________________________________________________ 3. _________________________________________________________________ 1. 2. 3.
  32. 32. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 28 UNIT 5: Pre Placement Planning 5.1 Coping Strategies Work 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? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________
  33. 33. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 29 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? ______________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________
  34. 34. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 30 5.2 What Employers Want Rank the qualities in the table below in the order you believe employers find important. Number one is the most important; number ten is the least important. QUALITY RANK Flexibility Communication Skills Self Confidence Strong Work Ethic Motivation & Initiative Computer Skills Teamwork Skills Analytical Skills Interpersonal Skills Honesty & Integrity
  35. 35. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 31 5.3 Work Place Information Name and address of the workplace: ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ Nature & purpose of the work:___________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Contact person’s details Name Position Telephone Number School’s Contact Name School’s Contact Number Your working hours:___________________________________________________ Departure time from home: _____________________________________________ Appropriate dress: ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________
  36. 36. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 32 Lunch and travel arrangements ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ What do you hope to learn? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Health & Safety issues ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ If I am unable to attend the workplace on any day, how will I pass on my apologies? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ I have all the documents which I was given in school to give to my employer? Circle Yes No
  37. 37. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 33 5.4 Before Your Placement Record your expectations, hopes and worries before your placement: Expectations Hopes Worries 5.5 Question For Day One Think of a question you will ask on your first day. Write it down: ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 5.6 Reflection Write down three things you learned from Unit 5 that were important to you: 1. ________________________________________________________________ 2. ________________________________________________________________ 3. ________________________________________________________________
  38. 38. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 34 UNIT 6: PLACEMENT UNIT 6.1. The Diary Day 1 Were you on time? Yes? No? Why?______________________________________________________ Who did you meet on arrival? _____________________________________ Were you given a supervisor?_____________________________________ How many people are you working with? _____________________________ What jobs did you do on the first day? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Were you able to do them? Why __________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What were the break times? _________________________________________________________ What did you do at lunchtime? _________________________________________________________ What were your thoughts and feelings about the day? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ DATE: ___________________
  39. 39. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 35 Day 2: -- -- / -- -- / -- -- Is your supervisor happy with your personal presentation? Yes No Why?______________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ List the jobs you did: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Were you given enough direction to carry out those tasks? Yes No What did you do if you didn’t understand? _____________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ What equipment / technology did you use? __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ How can you fit achieving your goals into your work experience? __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ What could you do differently to improve your work experience? __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________
  40. 40. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 36 Day 3: -- -- / -- -- / -- -- How did you feel going in to work? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ List the jobs you did: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Are there any Health & Safety rules? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What responsibilities as an employee do you have under these rules? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What were your thoughts and feelings about the day? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________
  41. 41. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 37 Day 4: -- -- / -- -- / -- -- List the jobs you did: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. What hours do people work in the company? __________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What happens if you miss a day? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ How are you getting on with the people you work with?____________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What were your thoughts and feelings about the day? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What could you do differently to improve your work experience? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________
  42. 42. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 38 Day 5: -- -- / -- -- / -- -- List the jobs you did: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Have you made any progress on achieving your goals? Yes No Why?_____________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ For your first week, how was your: 1) Timekeeping:______________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 2) Personal Presentation: _______________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 3) Ability to complete tasks: ______________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What was the worst part of the first five days? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ How can you improve this for next week?_____________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________
  43. 43. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 39 Day 6: -- -- / -- -- / -- -- How did you feel going in to work? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ List the jobs you did: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Are your given tasks equal, above or below your skill level? Explain: Equal Above Below _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What were your thoughts and feelings about the day? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What could you do differently to improve your work experience? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________
  44. 44. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 40 Day 7: -- -- / -- -- / -- -- List the jobs you did: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. What personal qualities are needed for your job? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Do your skills fit this line of work? Why? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Do you think you need further education?_____________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What were your thoughts and feelings about the day? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________
  45. 45. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 41 Day 8 - The Interview: -- -- / -- -- / -- -- Interview one person from your workplace and ask them about: The demands of the job: ______________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What is important to them in their work? _____________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What is the most enjoyable part of their job? ___________________________ _________________________________________________________ What is the worst part of their work? ________________________________ _________________________________________________________ How has technology changed your job over the last five years?______________ _________________________________________________________ What job specific skills do they have? Skills 1. 2. 3.
  46. 46. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 42 Are the employees in a trade union? Yes No Has there ever been an industrial relations problem? Yes No ## If Yes, why?________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Are there opportunities for in-house training? __________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Can you get promotion easily?____________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Can you identify possible career opportunities for me in this organisation? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What formal training or further education would you recommend? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________
  47. 47. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 43 Day 9: -- -- / -- -- / -- -- List the jobs you did: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Is there anything you haven’t done that you would like to do to achieve your goals? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ How are you going to implement this on your last day? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What were your thoughts and feelings about the day? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________
  48. 48. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 44 Day 10: -- -- / -- -- / -- -- What have you learned about yourself during the ten days? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ List all the skills you demonstrated during your work experience: SKILLS Did you achieve your goals? Yes No Why?_____________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What was the worst thing about the ten days? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What was the best?____________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________
  49. 49. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 45 Day 10 continued... Rate yourself honestly on how you performed on your work experience: Excellent Good Fair Attendance Time Keeping Getting on with your supervisor Getting on with other workers Ability to do the job Your level of interest in the job NOTES ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________
  50. 50. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 46 UNIT 7: REVIEW OF EXPERIENCE 7.1. Review Questions 1. What have you learned about working life? _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 2. Fill in the skills and qualities you have developed on your placement: Skills Qualities 3. Your performance. Did you find the placement easy or difficult? Why? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Compare your rating of your performance (p45) with your supervisor’s assessment (back page). Discuss your thoughts with a classmate. ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________
  51. 51. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 47 4. Your Goals Review your goals in 3.3 (p15). Discuss with a classmate whether you achieved them or not and why: ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 5. Vocational Interests. Would 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 were looking for a promotion in your placement? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________
  52. 52. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 48 7.2. Thank You Letter Using the template below, type or handwrite a thank you letter and make sure you send it to your employer. 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
  53. 53. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 49 UNIT 8: SUBJECT CHOICE 8.1 Natural Choices Non Writing Hand Writing Hand It felt: ______________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 8.2 DATS / CAT 4 Results Write down your strongest aptitudes 1) _________________________________________________________________ 2) _________________________________________________________________ 3) _________________________________________________________________ Write down your favourite subjects in Junior Cert (not including Maths, Irish or English) 1. 4. 2. 5. 3. 6. 8.3 Compulsory Subjects For my potential dream college course is there a subject & level I will need to gain entry? Yes No Subject Name: _______________________________________________________ Does my future college require a third language? Yes No
  54. 54. Do Not Photocopy Thank You 50 8.4 Subject Choice Will I be taking Leaving Cert Applied? Yes No If yes, go to 8.5, if no, continue on. List six optional subjects in order of your preference. Do not include English, Irish, Maths or LCVP on this list. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Will I be taking the LCVP option also? Yes No 8.5 Compatibility Are your aptitudes compatible with your subject choice? If no, discuss these results with your Guidance Counsellor Yes No

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