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    Work experience advice for my 15 year old

    my son has to do his work exp in october and needs to sort out his work now. Location: London. any place you would like to share

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    What would he like to be when he's older? Might be a good starting point.

    does he have a definite career in mind?? best to try targeting requests to areas he has an interest in. My 17 year old wrote to a few vets and got to work with one for a week and loved it.

    15 year old is interested in debating and wants to do law-he approached the local mp and got a job in his office which was great fun.

    most supermarkets will take some work experience kids but try to go for something a bit more quirky if you can.

    Asda are VERY good to their work experience boys and girls

    nickw90;8630686

    What would he like to be when he's older? Might be a good starting point.



    This.

    Pick an area he's interested in.

    Fire Brigade - great fun

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    he's inteterested in the economics and business however its very hard to find contacts

    i worked in cadburys for a week when i was 15 in the microbiology labs, it was pretty fun but i decided i didn't want to do anything science-based (just finishing my law degree now)

    it's definitely worth trying to get something based on what careers/interests he has

    Edit: just seen your post. Try perhaps calling/emailing/writing letters to some stock dealers?

    Also, I'm afraid it's quite late to be looking now for October, a lot of the popular places have a quota for the year and it may already have been filled. (My daughter made the same mistake when she was looking for work experience, in the end she came to work with me.) School may be able to help.

    chickenman1234;8630739

    he's inteterested in the economics and business however its very hard to … he's inteterested in the economics and business however its very hard to find contacts



    When I was 15, I got offered a placement in Adams (the kids clothes shop) through my school. I turned my nose up at this and tried to get something closer to my desired job - at 15 all I wanted to be was a burglar.

    In the end I managed to get a placement in a local garage. It was great fun - I thought I'd have to stand and watch, but instead they'd just give me something to do and tell me to shout them when it was done, usually something like taking all the wheels off a car or similar. The bloke bought my lunch for me every day - so I had a mixed kebab and large chips with gravy. At the end of the week he gave me a big wad of cash too. When we got back to school we had to talk about our experience in front of the class. I concluded mine was by far the most exciting.

    I never wanted to be a mechanic, but I'd much rather have worked in a garage than a clothes shop! Now I'm pursuing a career in Journalism, and have just secured myself 5 or so top under-grad work placements at newspapers around the world.

    chickenman1234;8630739

    he's inteterested in the economics and business however its very hard to … he's inteterested in the economics and business however its very hard to find contacts



    heres an idea-think OUTSIDE the box-write to vince cable/george osbourne-you never know! get him to explain his fascination with the economy and how big business works etc-if you dont ask you dont get-if I lived in London I would try it for my kids-think how THAT would look on his CV!

    or one of the economics reporters on bbc/sky news?

    As an alternative, can I suggest finding a job with a place that could hire him over X-mas to earn extra £££. It may not have anything to do with his career path but will be beneficial when looking for part-time jobs during 6th form, college, uni.

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    barky;8630815

    heres an idea-think OUTSIDE the box-write to vince cable/george … heres an idea-think OUTSIDE the box-write to vince cable/george osbourne-you never know! get him to explain his fascination with the economy and how big business works etc-if you dont ask you dont get-if I lived in London I would try it for my kids-think how THAT would look on his CV!or one of the economics reporters on bbc/sky news?



    I think his son would probably show Osborne up, he'll take one look at the 15 year old's CV and panic.

    i worked with a site engineer at BT for my work experience - was really good fun, an outdoor type job will be much more fun for him than being stuck in an office job

    Just been through it with my daughter. Her school tries to insist on a work experience placement relating to what kind of career choice she will make. She's interested in art/fashion and also wants to work in the media. I suggested working in a vintage second hand shop etc. She ended up contacting the local radio station and did a week there just learning bits and pieces.

    We also get a lot of students in my work for work experience (solicitors) who end up going up to court with the lawyers and sitting in all day watching how to defend all sorts of people (whether they want to work in that field or not).

    kaks26;8631170

    Just been through it with my daughter. Her school tries to insist on a … Just been through it with my daughter. Her school tries to insist on a work experience placement relating to what kind of career choice she will make. She's interested in art/fashion and also wants to work in the media. I suggested working in a vintage second hand shop etc. She ended up contacting the local radio station and did a week there just learning bits and pieces. We also get a lot of students in my work for work experience (solicitors) who end up going up to court with the lawyers and sitting in all day watching how to defend all sorts of people (whether they want to work in that field or not).



    Yeah, for my work experience, I worked at a solicitors firm. The owner was a friend of the family, and looks quite good on my cv.

    I would suggest finding a job that your child can possibly work at during the holidays?

    I wish I had a choice when I done mine, I got chucked in some warehouse! was a very boring experience! :w00t:

    I worked at BT also I worked for the property side and if meant bit of maths and getting out of the office. They were really friendly and I didn't know what I wanted to do. They took me to meetings and I helped measure up smaller building with the boss. Made me feel really independent and certainly helped me on the right career path. You should get him to write a letter and say you don't want just your average supermarket job that's what I wrote! Really good if you get in early and you are willing to just say you'll help with making cups of tea. Best of luck!!

    Contrary to the previous post, my 2 weeks work experience was in a garage and I hated it. Was the general lacky and washed cars and brewed up...could have just been my poor experience but i would be wary.

    I'd take a punt at something ambitious if I were your son...not sure you'd get in to the Treasury but maybe local government? Maybe Mayor of London's offices...I bet a bit of work with Boris would prove interesting at 15!

    Alternatively, how about Covent Garden market...not the typical work experience place but I bet two weeks selling on a stall would give him confidence and something to talk about in future interviews...? Just a thought...
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