Working in a Brass Door Furniture UK Company
As a part of our education, whilst we were at school, we were sent on a work placement for two weeks so that we would know what to expect when we left school. This event took place in our final year and was really for the benefit of those students who did not wish to continue with further studies and would soon be looking for a job. I suspect that the original idea was to scare the students about the rigidity of working so that they would stay on in further education, but the idea seems to have backfired because a lot of the students enjoyed their work experience and I know of one boy who actually changed his mind about attending college and started to work in a brass door furniture UK company!
Not that this was his ideal job but it seems that during his work experience, he was placed on the sales floor rather than on the factory floor and so things turned out differently. Had he been on the factory floor, he may have disliked the work experience and seen how difficult it was to work at manual labour which was what an unskilled and unqualified school leaver would have ended up doing in those days. The hours were long and the work hard not to mention the dirt and noise generated in a factory especially one which was concerned with the manufacturing and dealing with heavy machinery and metal work such as brass door furniture.
However, on the shop floor, this particular student was allowed to mix with the customers, under the guidance of a senior team member of course, and deal with the various sections such as purchasing and accounts as well as customer relations and product after care. He found out that he had a flair for sales and the boss was impressed enough by his attitude and style that he offered the young man a permanent position as a trainee salesperson after he finished school.
This was a rare case and even though the guy turned out to be good at his job and soon did well enough to be made trainee manager, for the majority of students who went on work experience, it was enough to make them realise that they would be better off studying and getting good qualifications so that they could make a career for themselves using their minds and talent as opposed to manual labour.
Work placements were a good idea at the time and I think that the students of today should all be made to go through the experience for a couple of weeks. The teachers used to try and match the job training to an interest expressed by the student but sometimes this was not possible and if the only company with an available placement was with a brass door furniture UK company, then the left over students who had no idea about their future goals were sent to such a place for training.
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