Work Experience

I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand.
Confucius

The Work Experience Programme is an opportunity for students to observe and analyse abroad the world of work and combine at the same time a full immersion in the English language.

Three interconnected elements are met:

  • Study and Life Skills
  • Research
  • Visits to and tasks at places of work.

Syllabus

Work Skills

Title Description
The world of work
What do people do?
Looks at organisations, roles, jobs and human resources

Students in group design and run a virtual company in groups

Your skills, abilities and aptitudes Thorough audit and evaluation of the students’ suitability for different kinds of work

Questionnaires, forms, computer simulations, role-plays

The importance of clear communication Looks at communication at work and through public interfaces using emails, telephone, website and social media

Role-plays, case studies. Students design a marketing website for a product or create a Dragon’s Den simulation

Planning and prioritising Looks at how goal setting, planning and prioritising at work can create better performance and efficiency

Deadline challenges – students go through a task based on The Apprentice tasks to analyse project management

Customer service Studies the necessary skills of outward facing relationships at work

Students work on presentation, courtesy, deportment, eye contact, voice, gesture, movement through video recording and analysis

Difficult conversations at work Looks at interpersonal skills, assertiveness training, managing difficult conversations with superiors and colleagues, understanding diversity and ability issues
Role plays, coaching, discussion of key issues like bullying at work, time off, personal issues, difficult colleagues, stress, work/life balance
Promoting yourself Interviews, first day impressions, applying for jobs, answering questions well, public speaking, presentations

Students’ presentations, coaching.

Work Sectors

Title Description
Selling and Negotiation Retail sector

Students look at careers in the retail sector
Project work – presentation on a large organisation

Services and Events Entertainment sector

Students look at careers in the services sector
Project work – presentation on running a conference

Distribution and Logistics Looks at supply chain management and logistics

Students look at careers in the supply chain sector
Project work – look at warehousing, import and export

Professional services Finance / Legal

Students look at careers in law, banking finance and accounting
Project work – the work of the law courts and the City of London

Public Sector Waste Management / Environment / Police / Fire / Politics

Students look at careers in the public sector
Project work – presentation on running Cambridge

Charity International aid and charity organisations
Students look at careers in the charity sector
Project work – looking at the work of Save the Children and Wintercomfort.

Work Placement and Experience

Title Description
Visit to a shop / Department Store John Lewis Partnership

Students visit and tour a department store and complete worksheets

Entertainment sector Visit to Madame Toussauds – London
Warwick Castle
Student visit a themed attraction centre to learn about the event business and operations
Visit to a warehouse / manufacturers Looks at supply chain management and logistics at Marshall’s Aerospace – Cambridge

Looks at complexities of international trade warehousing, import and export rules, hygiene, health and safety

Day at a Law court, meeting a solicitor/Bank of England/City of London/Bank London

Students look at careers in law, banking finance and accounting
Project work – the work of the law courts and the City of London, banks and financial institutions

Day at Citizens Advice Bureau Cambridge County Council Offices

Students visit one of the Council offices and observe work activities in the sector

Day at the Races
Charity Save the Children and Wintercomfort

Students visit one of the charities and observe work activities in the sector.

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