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Year 10 Students Reflect On Their Week In The ‘Real World’

23 June 2015

As you may recall from last week’s blog post, a number of Year 10 students undertook work experience assignments at a number of businesses across China and abroad. Angela Sharrock, Head of Year 10, tells us more about the week.

  • Anna onsite at her Work Experience placement.
  • Students onsite at their Work Experience placement.
  • Companies who participated in the Work Experience programme

Students on their Work Experience placements and some of the companies that were involved in the Work Experience programme.  

It was a new experience for most of them and having heard some of their stories about how their week went; it seems that many new skills were learnt, from designing charity projects to knowing how to take pictures of patients’ teeth at a dentist clinic.

The worthiness of the work experience programme is reflected in some of the feedback we’ve received from the students about their time and I would like to share with you just some of the stories I received from students who were involved.

I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the companies who have made this week invaluable to the students.

Name: Alena Heise

Company: Zuellig Pharma in Hong Kong who are a pharmaceutical distributer.

I was lucky enough to complete my work experience in Hong Kong with Zuellig Pharma and worked within their tender department. This involved dealing with requests from hospitals, pharmacies and being exposed to a 90 page contract which detailed vital information of medication where the requester (hospitals etc.) chooses the best proposal issued from the pharmaceutical businesses.

I had to analyse and digitalise these tender reports into a new computerised database before then preparing my own tender document.

Overall, it was a very interesting and enjoyable experience that gave clearer insight into the working world and the many difficult tasks we will face in the future. I finally understand why adults want to return back to school!

Name: Anna Loasby

Company: Gensler, an architecture company in Shanghai.

My work experience at Gensler was a 360 degree insight into the working operations of the firm. I experienced time in the following departments: graphic design, 3D, HR, marketing and PR and learnt about the processes of completing projects for places such as buildings, hotels and offices. 

I found the programme to be very useful and challenging as I had to apply my creativity to design an area in the office when I was working with the graphic design team for a day.

I would certainly recommend students to undertake the Work Experience programme next year.

Name: Milan Patel

Company: Johnson Controls in Shanghai.

The Work Experience programme was designed to enable myself and five other students to experience multiple departments within the organisation. These included labour, programming, manufacturing and management.

The week long exercise also allowed me to appreciate the sheer magnitude of technology and how it is utilised in today’s global workplace.

Overall, it was a great experience and the week allowed us to understand how global companies operate and are managed.