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Post by Steve Holt on Sat May 10, 2008 8:59 am

does anyone know if they have Work Experience/ Work Placement in the US and in the UK, i'm working on a story and need to know if they have it and if so what it is called

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Post by TheMyth on Sat May 10, 2008 9:13 am

do you mean similar to what high school kids over here do in year 9 or 10? do they do that overseas?

I'm a little unsure as to what you are asking.

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Post by The Dr Of Style on Sat May 10, 2008 9:14 am

US they're known as interns I'm pretty sure....more of a college thing rather than highschool age I think

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Post by TheMyth on Sat May 10, 2008 9:20 am

The Dr Of Style wrote:US they're known as interns I'm pretty sure....more of a college thing rather than highschool age I think

i always thought interns were more like employees in training/ completing their education. more than a work experience, which is getting a taste for the job to see if you would actually like to do it or not.

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Post by UncleCletusKasady on Sat May 10, 2008 12:48 pm

Jock here what do you want to know?

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Post by Dabigfella on Sat May 10, 2008 5:40 pm

You can go and be a camp "councellor" for the U.S kids camps, they last around 6-8 weeks over summer holidays....

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Post by Steve Holt on Sat May 10, 2008 5:44 pm

sorry just got back from work, yeah i mean what school kids do in yr 9 to 11

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Post by UncleCletusKasady on Sun May 11, 2008 4:03 am

When i was a young lad work experience was encompassed in a program named Compact, it was basically a record of all things relating to your personal schooling life which would look good to an employer (if you actually did well)
The main areas where things like: Timekeeping, appearance,sick days (i did not fair well in this section) attitude to work etc.
It was over the course of 3 years and the student got to keep the records at the end to show to prospective employers, thinking on it now the kids who had a bit of savvy would realise that if they scored well in this it could help them in later life, and for emplyers looking to take people on they could quickly whittle down interviewes based on these results.
Work experience as i said was part of the program it consisted of 1 weeks actual working in the field you had an interest in pursuing (or as close to it as the guidance staff could could get you) from memory i think i was around 13 or 14 at the time.
We also had other initiatives at school where you would get say 2 days at college to study in the field of your choice.
Various organisations (police,army,local council etc) would put on special career days where you could get a bit of hands on experience which was generally organised through local schools.

Anything else you want to know hit me up, i have the original compact paperwork and my WE log book so i can check anything out.
Unfortunatly i will not be posting up my results as i do not want to encourage any kids reading to act like me, lets just say attendance was not compulsory as far as i was concerned.

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Post by Steve Holt on Sun May 11, 2008 4:20 am

thanks but all i really need to know is if the UK and US have work exp and what it's called

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Post by UncleCletusKasady on Sun May 11, 2008 4:38 am

Work experience maybe?

Or maybe a series of clicks and whistel's with random words?
something like this?

nimbibi-click-click-whirr-toot-toot-fzzzzt?

UK is just called work experience and yes we have it.
As for the U.S im not sure but i beleive conscription could be what it is called.

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Post by Steve Holt on Sun May 11, 2008 6:06 am

ok thanks

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Post by TheMyth on Sun May 11, 2008 6:10 am

UncleCletusKasady wrote:As for the U.S im not sure but i beleive conscription could be what it is called.

was it wrong of me to have laughed at this?? good one uck

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Post by Dabigfella on Sun May 11, 2008 6:28 am

ur a naughty boy UCK, but i also chuckled!!

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Post by HAL on Sun May 11, 2008 10:08 am

Wow, UCK, Scotland had it good. As a young lad back in London, the headmaster suddenly announced, "Right, work experience time is coming up, have a think what you want to do when you leave here and we`ll try and place you in that field!" and we had about a week to decide our 'futures' with most opting to tag along with their dad/uncle/brother etc. A friend of mine wanted to be a cartoonist and got placed with the artist impression guy at Scotland Yard!!!

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Post by UncleCletusKasady on Sun May 11, 2008 1:40 pm

HAL wrote:. A friend of mine wanted to be a cartoonist and got placed with the artist impression guy at Scotland Yard!!!

Laughing Thats classic will need to remember that and adapt it to my life story.

My wife is from rural Scotland way up north and she wanted to be a nurse and obviously choose to go to the local hospital, well the nearest they could get to that was the local butcher Laughing she obviously refused and was placed in the SPAR Laughing
Ah well it all turned out good as she is still nursing despite a shaky start.
True story DBF can confirm.

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Post by Octane on Tue May 13, 2008 6:13 pm

In the US don't have work expericance that I know of. (Not in the traditional sence that I remember going thru Australian Schools where you are pimped out for 1-2 weeks doing something usually in some sort of career that you want.)

They do however have a career counselor which usually either pushes Collage or Millitary and nothing else (Or if you are not doing great encourages you to drop out of school all together). There is a test the kids do take in there final years and it somehow gives them an idea of what feild they should be going into. (Yes I am serious) I wish I could find a online one that you did not have to fill out a heap of crap to take just for laughs.

About the only work experiance they usually gather in years 11 & 12 on there summer break (Which is 3 months long) Usually working in some lowly paid job like fast food or the likes for $7.50 an hour or if you are pretty enough getting payed even lower as a waiter/waitress $2.15 an hour but earning a lot more in tips.

The US is a funny place to work, live and go to school. (It's model IMO is completly ass backwards. The Culture is doommed as a whole.)

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Post by Steve Holt on Wed May 14, 2008 3:40 am

thanks octane, and wasn't there a simpsons episode that had that test, vocation something?

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