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22 septembre 2012 6 22 /09 /septembre /2012 13:38

TALKING ABOUT YOUR INTERNSHIPS

USEFUL PHRASES :

Within the curriculum of my degree specialized in …., I completed 2/3 work placements .

In the company, I was in charge of …/ I was told to….

I carried out several tasks ….

I learnt how to …

It was an enriching experience because :

It helped me improve my command of technical language/ Windows/ English…

It developed my knowledge of…

It encouraged me to…

It showed me I could…

I learnt to be… 

 

INTRODUCTION : explain the basic facts about you and the company

  • ·         Say when the placement took place ( 1st or 2nd year of your studies)
  • ·         Introduce the company : type of activity, location, competitors, problems…
  • ·         Say why you chose this company, and how you managed to obtain the placement ( did you prospect yourself, did your teachers help you …?)

Was the company expecting something specific from you?

 

HOW YOU PREPARED FOR YOUR WORK PLACEMENT

Explain what your goals were before going to work for this company

  • First year : discovering a sector of activity, training, acquiring a specific skill…

Skills : answering the phone, contacting customers, translating leaflets, writing minutes and reports, creating, updating, organizing and classifying records, letters, files, mailing lists, welcoming visitors, organizing meetings …

  • Second year : mastering skills and communication tools, enriching your experience, taking on more responsibilities …

 

THE WORK EXPERIENCE

Detailed presentation of your activities in the firm :

  • What tools were available (phone, software…) and which ones did you use ?
  • Did you create something or improve a service ?
  • The problems you had to face : human relationships, follow-up work, logistics…
  • Evaluate your experience : was it a success or a failure ? Why ? Try to analyze your personal point of view and that of the company .

 

RESULTS

  • In terms of professional knowledge : evaluate what you learnt and what you improved in your understanding of the working world .
  • In terms of know-how : the new skills you discovered, the skills you developed and mastered

Think of autonomy and self-reliance, team-work, taking responsibilities, taking part in a meeting, creativity …

  • In terms of know-how-to-behave : what you discovered regarding your professional attitudes, for example, how you reacted in a difficult or stressful situation … The qualities you developed in connection with your professional behavior, i.e. adaptability, flexibility, confidence, punctuality, reliability, friendliness…

 

CONCLUSION

If you had to do it now, would you proceed differently ?

Did you discover a specific field you would now like to specialize in ?

Opening onto the future : What are your professional plans ?

 

 

 

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