A'isha Bounouar, 13IB writes
about her work experience:
"It's not every
day you get an opportunity to work with a renowned magazine. So when I was
asked to assist backstage in a pageant, I jumped at the chance.
When my name was
put forward to start a week's worth internship for Asiana Magazine. (It was an
honour) I didn't realise how huge an opportunity this was at the time. I took
some time out to research "asiana.tv" and found out a few facts that blew my
mind; they are an internationally known Asian magazine for bridal wear, fashion
consists of 15 contestants from a variety of Asian countries aged between 18 -
26. All competing for Miss Asiana Beauty Pageant 2014. I spent most of my
time, assisting the make-up artist, hair stylist and dressing my allocated
model (who represented Sri Lanka). After several rehearsals the intensity
started when we came live on air and had to work within a tight schedule.
Ensuring models were ready to walk the catwalk on time. It was an amazing night
which consists of DJs, live singers, talks from Bollywood actors and actresses
(meeting them in person) and working closely alongside the chief editor and
fashion stylist of the magazine.
One thing I
learnt during this event is that no matter how pretty and superficial the
models appear on the outside, when you get to know them. They are all
beautiful, humble and well educated young women. It will certainly be an
experience I will never forget!
I would like to
take this time to thank Ms Bajer and my enterprise teachers (Mr Faul and Mr
Watson) for making this internship possible."
Jasmine Zeinalabdin did her
work experience with Allenand Overy. She writes:
"During the first week of July
I undertook a work experience scheme at one of the top lawyer firms Allen and
On my first day I
went to the office nervous and worried that I wouldn't be able to fit in within
the environment. However as the days went by I was able to gain
confidence especially through making new friends and gaining numerous skills.
work experience I gained and develop numerous skills which I will be able to
use further on in the future. These skills enabled me to do things that I
wouldn't imagine myself doing. For example I get scared when I present or talk
in front of a bunch of people. Now I am able to talk/ present in front of a
bunch of people as my communication and presentation skills have enabled me to
I also had the
opportunity to meet people who work at Allen and Overy through a networking
session. Before this session I took part in a presentation skills workshop.
This prepared me for the networking sessions as I was able to present myself
well through my body language, gestures and the structure of my sentences. The
networking session enabled me to interact with numerous people who work in
different sectors within the business. I learnt that within a lawyer firm there
are different job roles instead of just lawyers.
Some of the other
actives I undertook within the Smart Start work experience include:
- A mock trail; this was where there was
a real case study of a murder/manslaughter case. I had to act as a lawyer
defending the client who murdered, showing that he acted upon necessity.
- A negotiation business deal; this
consisted of a group of lawyers including myself representing a client. I
had to negiotiate to a panel that my client is the best buyer for the
football team that was up for grabs!
Overall the Smart
Start work experience has given me a wider understanding of working in the
city. It has also allowed me to explore different types of job roles in the
city as I am able to see myself in the future having a career in the city. This has been by
far a privilege for me and a memorable experience. "