Schools are great places for learning, but it is only once you start working in the real world that you can truly put what you have learnt to the test. From June 13 – 17, Year 10 students at St. Andrews School, Green Valley were sent out for a week of work experience in order to test their current knowledge and to learn lessons about life in the adult world.
Upon their return to school, the students were buzzing with excitement from their experiences. When they returned to school they had to reflect on this experience and list some of the main things that they had learnt.
Luca spent her work experience week at Underwater World, Pattaya.
Here are some of them:
* I learnt how to work independently which I’m not always good at, but in my job I had to do it!
* I had to cope in different situations and be motivated all the time.
* I improved my communication skills, I had to listen carefully and ask the right questions.
* I began to understand more about the world of work.
* I learnt to be confident and how to speak with customers.
* I had to be careful about how I looked and presented myself. I had to be patient.
* It’s important to show initiative and not just sit back and wait to be told what to do.
* You need to put in 100% effort at work and you have to cooperate with everyone.
* I learnt how to work with a supervisor and how to stick to a schedule.
* I now know more about working with adults and that every customer has different likes and wants.
* All the children that you teach are different. Some like to cry, some never stop running. Others learn better visually so you need to remember that when you teach them.
* You are responsible for your own work so you have to get it done.
* I learnt the steps I needed to take to become a pilot.
* Different businesses have different structures and employ main different types of people.
* You need to show initiative and to use your knowledge and experience in order to solve problems.
* I learnt that working is much harder than studying!
Many local companies were delighted to assist our students in their ‘Work Experience’. They were surprised that the students were only 15 years old as it was usually university students who came for work experience. This is the first year that St. Andrews School has run a work experience programme and to our knowledge we are the only international school in Thailand who have run such a programme this year! This is a great achievement and should be a point of pride for everyone in our community.
David with Mr. Keith Hanks, the managing director of E Technologies Group – Asia.
The local companies were also asked to evaluate the attitude and performance of the St. Andrews’ students during the work experience programme.
Here are a few of their comments:
* It was our pleasure to support your students. (The Marriott, Pattaya)
* The students were upbeat, mature, disciplined and excited to learn new skills. (The Holiday Inn, Pattaya)
* We are always happy to be part of your fruitful and great project! (Bangkok Hospital Pattaya)
* Our work experience student was a very good employee. She overcame her fear of communicating with clients and customers. She was a great person to work with. (Studio Melodica)
* The St. Andrews’ students were enthusiastic, keen and paid close attention to what they were being taught. (The Pattaya Mail)
* Fast learning and enthusiastic. (Authentic Thai Spa, Bangkok)
* It was a pleasure having your student with us. He is welcome back anytime. (St Andrews Golf Centre)
* Keen and eager, always asking what’s next? Always ready to respond. (Pattaya Cooking School)
* Pleasant and outgoing. He picked up basic programming techniques quickly and got along well with everyone in the office. (E Technologies Group – Asia)
* He worked very well. He always tried to do his very best. (Four Seasons Place Hotel, Pattaya)
* Well mannered, a quick learner and always smiling. (Thai Airways Maintenance U-Tapao Airport)
Maureen and Laila worked in the International Marketing Department at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.
Well done then to all of the Year 10 students who did so well during their work experience. They have returned to school better for the experience of having to step out of their comfort zone for a week. Thank you again to all of the companies who generously gave up their time and resources to be a part of this programme, your help is much appreciated.
Sanne worked at the Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa Fitness Club.
(L to R) Suwanthep “Tony” Malhotra and Ohmmy from Pattaya Mail show Minhyuk and Tammy from St Andrews how a newspaper is printed.
Captain Tee works with Thai Airways maintenance staff at U-Tapao Airport.
Fern working at the Royal Hills Golf Resort and Spa, Nakon Nayok.
Sangjin worked at the Four Seasons Place Hotel, Pattaya.
Jaena with Mr. Kim Jong Tok of De Beaute Hair Salon, Central Festival.
Dagmar and Jasmine at the Thai Polo and Equestrian Club.
Jason worked with golf pros John and Jeff at the St. Andrews Golf Centre, Green Valley.
Isada, Earth and Jade were based at the Holiday Inn, Pattaya.