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Park High School

Work Experience is a valuable part of the curriculum and here at Park High we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to have one week set aside for us in the yearly calendar. 

In order for our students to stand out, we need to make them ‘work ready’ and ‘employable’ – equipped with the skills (not just academic) that an employer is looking for.

Skills such as:

  • Problem solving
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Time management) 
  • Professionalism
  • Working maturity
  • Willingness to learn and be guided by others
  • Enthusiasm for the tasks provided

Mrs Patel will work with the help from parents and carers to actively support their children in securing a placement. 

For further information please contact:

Mrs S. Patel 

s.patel@parkhighschool.org.uk

Virtual Work Experience for Year 10's will take place on 6-9 July

What makes you so different? 

Whether you realise it or not each year thousands of students graduate from High School. In doing so they have demonstrated that they can complete set tasks, research and write assignments, work individually and as part of a group, and make presentations to class. So what makes you stand out from the crowd? Why would an employer notice you above everyone else? That’s where work experience comes in. 

In order to stand out, you need to show that you are ‘work ready’ and ‘employable’ – that you have the skills (not just academic) that an employer is looking for, and skills that you can apply to the job you want. The more experience you have the better and the more skills you develop during your work experience the better.

Key skills 

The students that show all or many of the following skills will ultimately achieve the most out of their experience and be much more likely to be asked back for future work or given a reference from the employer about their ‘employability’. This is a key for your future. 

  • Problem solving (parent + car + me = lift to placement)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (dealing with other employees and customers – always attempt to use sentences with more than one word)
  • Time management (showing up on time and getting things done quickly)
  • Professionalism (brushing your teeth and combing your hair is a start)
  • Initiative (e.g. coming up with new ideas or ways of doing things)
  • Teamwork (including being respectful to others)
  • Working maturity (such as coping with long working hours and being prepared for challenges as they occur)
  • Willingness to learn and be guided by others (you don’t know it all)
  • Enthusiasm for the tasks provided (yeah, whatever, is not the best response)
  • Computer skills (you probably do know more than adults in this area)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ‘business’ 

Without any work experience many of these skills may be missing or may be a huge learning curve for you – a learning curve your employer won’t want you to experience during your first job with them. So during your placement write down what new skills you developed and how they were applied to the jobs you did.

Virtual Work Experience Opportunities   

Here are some companies and businesses currently offering virtual work experience.

Click on the text to be taken directly to their website.

 

Allied Healthcare Mentor (cost)

A live Virtual Work Experience Programme created and delivered by healthcare professionals for those interested in a career in healthcare. Prices start from £10 a day.

 

Barclays LifeSkills

An excellent website to help young people develop the skills they need for a better future.

 

Barclays LifeSkills - virtual work experience with a 'digital transformation' agency

An excellent opportunity for those interested in design to actively work with different departments on one exciting project, helping them solve problems and complete real-life tasks.

 

Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Suitable for those looking to apply to medical school, this virtual work placement introduces students to the NHS before exploring the roles and skill sets of six different medical specialists.

 

Cyber Discovery

A chance to learn from industry experts and take part in over 200 free cyber security challenges. Registration is currently closed, but there is an opportunity to register interest for the next intake.

 

Doc Talk (cost)

A five-day virtual work experience, which has been designed to simulate a clinical hospital placement. Here you will learn what it is like to be a doctor - covering all the key parts of the job.

 

Future Learn - exploring the Veterinary profession

A two week, six hour, course that enables students to learn more about what it takes to become a vet and whether it's the right career choice for them.

 

GetMyFirstJob

Search for  Work Experience placements.

 

Halliday Fraser Munro

An online work experience programme for those interested in architecture and design.

 

Hunter Bevan

A remote virtual work experience with a twist. Suitable for anyone interested in developing their design or marketing skills. Feedback will be given plus a chance to feature on Hunter Bevan's website.

 

InsideSherpa

An excellent website which offers virtual work experience placements from a range of companies, from banking to careers in tech. Most options last up to six hours and involve tutorials, videos and activities.

 

InvestIn (cost)

Aimed at students between 14 and 18 years old, InvestIn offers an impressive array of virtual work placements involving real life work and contact with professionals. This is a paid service, and placements range from one day to one week. Prices start from £90.

 

Leonardo – engineering placements

A range of programmes that provide an invaluable insight into the varied career options that can be explored from studying STEM-related subjects.

 

National Cyber Security Centre

A website dedicated to helping the UK's next generation of cyber professionals through a variety of free courses for 11-17 year olds and exciting competitions.

 

Operation Wallacea (cost)

A range of week-long internships with live online mentoring, a daily schedule, regular deadlines and constant contact with managing staff. Prices start from £100 for 5 days and run throughout August and September.

 

Premed Projects Live TV (cost)

Suitable for students aged 14-19 and interested in Biology, Science, healthcare and / or for those considering careers in medicine. Watch live videos within the operating theatre, download exam linked worksheets, watch interviews with healthcare professionals and receive tips and advice on applications to medicine. This is a paid service (monthly subscriptions start from £12.99).

 

Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)

Organised, by the RCGP, Observe GP is an alternative to work experience for aspiring medics aged 16 and over, who are living in the UK. It is a free interactive video platform providing insights into the role of a GP and the wider primary care team. 

 

Speakers4Schools

Recently launched, Speakers4schools aims to provide a level playing field by connecting young people to high quality virtual work placements. Register to stay up to date with their latest developments.

 

Springpod

An excellent list of free virtual work experience placement ranging from teaching to marketing.

 

The Careers and Enterprise Company

A regularly updated and comprehensive list of virtual opportunities containing links to virtual work placements and training opportunities for students in year 9-13.

 

The Lawyer Portal

A list of law firms offering virtual work experience.

 

Vodafone Virtual work Experience - 14 April

Gain insight into what working for Vodafone is really like through our online virtual event, where you will get a chance to have all your questions answered.

 

Young Architect Programme - 26-27 June 2021 (cost)

An immersive experience of Architecture through a series of role-plays, seminars, simulations and Q&A sessions led by a group of experienced architects over 2 days - for students 15-18 years old.

 

Young Computer Scientist - 31 Jul - 4 Aug 2021 (cost)

Experience the real-life work of a Computer Scientist, with opportunities to build and programme an app, investigate cybercrime through data forensics, become a ‘White Hat Hacker’ and explore the capabilities of artificial intelligence and machine learning - for students 15-18 years old.

 

Young Doctor - 31 Jul – 4 Aug 2021 (cost)

Experience the real-life work of a doctor, with opportunities to observe patient consultations and work in a ward. Time will also be dedicated to medical school application coaching, with doctors training participants on personal statements, applications and interviews.

 

Young Investment Banker - 31 Jul – 4 Aug 2021 (cost)

A 5 day placement where participants are given the opportunity to work with top Investment Bankers

 

Young Political Leader - 31 Jul – 4 Aug 2021 (cost)

A 5 day internship that enables participants to work with key figures from the world of Politics, including representatives of the UN, the House of Commons, the Foreign Office and NGOs.

 

Young Psychologist Programme – 19-20 June 2021 (cost)

The Young Psychologist Programme gives students aged 15-18 an immersive experience of Psychology through a series of role-plays, seminars, simulations and Q&A sessions led by a group of experienced psychologists over 2 days.

 

Youth Opportunities

An online platform providing a range of virtual work experiences including workshops, fellowships and internships. External companies are free to post opportunities, so we strongly recommend you encourage your child to research all options thoroughly before applying.

Park High School

Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore,
Middlesex, HA7 1PL

Headteacher:Mrs Colette O'Dwyer

Email:info@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Phone:020 8952 2803

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