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Work Experience: Trinity Term 2020

12th December 2019

Each year, our Shell students are given the opportunity to venture out in to the real world for one week to gain some work experience. It has always been a fundamental segment of our curriculum for Year 11. It has been decided, in the best interests of the girls, that they do their work experience placement after they have finished their GCSE exams. One of the reasons for this is that it is becoming harder and harder for girls under 16 years of age to be taken on for work experience in most arenas that they are interested in. It may seem early to be organising something for the end of June/beginning of July 2020, but the girls will not want to be organising work placements once the exam period has started. Therefore, the sooner some thought is given to what experience might be wanted and then is available, the better.

Students, in consultation with their parents, are expected to make their own arrangements to find work experience placements. Work experience is a marvellous opportunity for the girls at any point in their education. At this stage, work experience may not necessarily be in an area that the girls are thinking of as a future career but the experience should be looked upon as an opportunity to develop a skill set to take to any job in the future. They may look for something more in keeping with their hobbies or something completely different! However, if they already have a good idea of a career path that they want to follow, then a relevant placement will definitely help in securing a job or a university place.

Although it may seem convenient to spend this week working for family or friends, it will be far more beneficial to her future if you help her look for her own placement outside of this comfort zone, and that she takes this opportunity in both hands and become more independent. There is a huge amount of information on the internet and we will be asking the girls to do some research before they consider writing their applications. If any girl is finding it difficult to find a placement, then I will be happy to assist with some ideas, but the whole idea is for the girls to find a placement independently.

This term, all the girls have attended two CV forums and started to write their own CV. The sample CV and template CV, that were available to the girls in these forums. If you don’t have a copy please download them by clicking on the links. Any girls who did not attend the forums still need to complete a CV. By the beginning of next term, they should have completed a first draft of their CV, which will be then be ready to be edited and any amendments made. Once their CV is complete, the girls should therefore be ready and equipped to start their applications during Hilary term and have finalised a placement by the end of term.

I expect all girls to have completed their CV and emailed it to me by Thursday 8th January 2020. My email is t.jarrett@wychwoodschool.org. The sooner I receive a CV, the faster I will then be able to assist with any amendments, so they can start applying for work experience. In addition, I will be talking about applying for work experience and writing a cover letter in form time in Hilary term. Last, but not least, if you are in the position to be able to offer work experience in your field or company to any of our girls, they and I would be very grateful to learn of the opportunity.

If you have any questions, then please get in contact.

I hope you all have a restful and enjoyable Christmas holiday!

Best wishes,

Tanya Jarrett
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