Gaelscoil Uí Riada

★★★★★
5 5 1
I worked at Gaelscoil Uí riada for 1 out of the 2 weeks. I am quite adept at Irish plus I went to Gaelscoil Uí Riada for 6 years prior to Spoiraid Naoimh so it was nice to go back to Gaelscoil Uí Riada after a 6 year hiatus. I was working from 8:50-2:30, so the days were nice and short. There weren't a lot of dislikes, mostly likes. For example, seeing my old teachers from the days of old was nice I suppose, I also got to use my Irish a lot so that was very nice as well as it further enhanced my Irish knowledge and skills. I would highly recommend going to Gaelscoil Uí Riada if you're looking for work experience, whether you're a past pupil or not and if you want to put your Irish skills to good use at the same time!

Department of Biological Sciences at CIT

★★☆☆☆
2 5 1
The week was very disappointing. I was promised work in all three science departments but only received experience in the Biology department. There was lots of sitting around involved, ridiculously long breaks and lack of enthusiasm from the supervisors. Fair enough, I got to sit in on a few labs but that was not very often and the majority of them were not very interesting. The supervisors made me set up labs for students, something which I don't think they should have been doing. Overall a very boring and disappointing week. Definitely not the week that was promised. It was not what I signed up for at all.

Waterstone's

★★★★★
5 5 1
My week at Waterstone's was extremely enjoyable. The quality of service and friendliness of the staff always enhances my visit, as a customer. My work experience placement was as pleasant. The week itself was arranged last minute and the staff were more than accommodating when I approached them. The work was very hands on. Working in a bookshop is no easy task. The staff there go out of their way to assist customers, even going to the trouble ringing publishers to order books if necessary. The amount of walking was huge- one could keep fit by just doing everyday work at Waterstone's! In my opinion, the work experience programme was very well structured. I had a different supervisor every day, and I therefore got a full experience of work undertaken there and of the retail industry. The work included: working on the tills; taking phone calls; shelving books; laying out fabric shelves; experiencing work in all of the different sections; alphabetising books; dealing with customers; labelling stuff; restocking merchandise and diaries etc.; ordering books from and returning books to publishers; laying out sales tables; making sure the different sections were up to standard; and learning about what goes on behind the scenes. Safe to say I had a very busy week! The highlight of my week was when the manager approached me at the end of the week and offered me work for the end of November and the month of December, as Christmas is their busiest time. Throughout the week I received staff discounts and was gifted a book on my departure on the Friday. My week at Waterstone's was my favourite week of work experience. I will definitely be going back there for part-time work in the future!

Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh

★★★☆☆
3 5 1
Since Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh was my own primary school, the staff were already familiar with me; but from an objective viewpoint they are all very nice and welcoming people, happy to help any student who wants to do work experience there. I did get some of the teaching experience that I signed up for. The experience was tailored to my own skills; for example, I am talented at art, so I was allowed to give two art lessons to a class. About half the time there was spent doing menial work, though, (correcting copies, sorting paperwork, etc.) and this lost its appeal very quickly. I was also working in the same Second Class group for the full week, so I didn't get a broad experience of all primary school year groups, which I think was a big disadvantage. Overall the experience provided some of what I hoped, but not all of it. It was enjoyable for the five days, but any longer and the enjoyment would have faded very, very rapidly.

VMware

★★★★★
5 5 1
I worked for ten days in VMware. I worked in project management an learned about the technical side of what VMware do. The trust and control given to me made the work experience extremely informative and the working atmosphere was excellent. VMware has given me a lot to think about in relation to software and IT and I think it will be my future career.

University College Cork

★★★★★
5 5 1
Excellent work placement, had a huge variety of very interesting activities and was very engaging.

Brookfield Health Sciences Library

★★★★★
5 5 1
I really enjoyed my time working in the library. All the staff were very welcoming and I was treated very well. I would definitely recommend getting work experience in the library.

An Garda Síochana

★★★★★
5 5 1
I got to meet people from the different divisions and discuss their jobs. I spent three days at the placement and my highlight was all of it! I got to go to Templemore, see the Drugs Squad and dogs too. Overall it was really fun and I would quite possibly pursue this as a career.

Ronan Daly Jermyn

★★★★☆
4 5 1
Work Undertaken: Mock case, filing, photocopying etc. Length of placement: One week Highlight of your placement: Mock trial Final Thoughts: Enjoyable but very hard work. Would you pursue this as a career? Maybe

DELL - EMC Ovens

★★★★★
5 5 1
Work Undertaken: Lots of talks and activities, learning about lean methodology, manufacturing, coding etc. Length of placement: One week Highlight of your placement: Free food and the electron microscope Final Thoughts: Nice atmosphere Would you pursue this as a career? : Yes

UCC Physics Department

★★★★★
5 5 1
Work Undertaken: Various tours and talks Length of placement: One week. Highlight of your placement: Talk on Quantum Physics Final Thoughts: Very enjoyable, made new friends Would you pursue this as a career? Yes

Merck

★★★★★
5 5 1
I went for a one-week work experience with the IT department at Merck in Carrigtwohill. The work I did was varied and included research, sitting in on meetings, system WIM installs and going on tours. the highlight was gaining an understanding of the different styles of corporate management which I gained by being around different people for the week. I would definitely consider pursuing this as a career.

The River Lee Hotel

★★★★★
5 5 1
I did one week of work experience at The River Lee Hotel. I spent time with all the different hotel departments ( Human Resources, Maintenance, Accomodation). All the workers were really nice and helpful. I got free lunch too. It was a great experience and really helped to get an insight into Hospitality Management.

Currys PC World

★★★★☆
4 5 1
Currys PC World was an enjoyable place to work in, especially if you are interested in retailing. You learn many things such as how to display stock and checking the stock list.

CIT Media Communications

★★★★★
5 5 1
I did my work experience in CIT Media Communications Department. I sat in some First Year classes like Creative Image Making, Photography and Lino Printing. I learned the basics of Adobe Illustrator during the placement. Most of the classes were about Graphic Design but I was also able to get into a class for Multimedia. I not only got an insight into media but also student life at CIT.

HighTechElec TY Program

★★★★★
5 5 1
I was lucky enough to be able to participate in the HighTechElec program in Tyndall National Institute with about 20 other TY students. It was very well structured. On the first day we were in Tyndall and we had interesting presentations on micro-processors and computer chips. We had a "LittleBits Workshop" and a presentation about personal branding. Then we had a photonics workshop. On Tuesday we went to The Electrical & Electronic Engineering Building in UCC and we had an Arduino Workshop and a talk from the former Head of UCC Engineering. We went back to Tyndall and had an Energy Workshop and a talk about Business and Intellectual Property. On Wednesday we went to CIT and we got a tour of the NImbus Centre. We got to see a interactive table for primary schools called "TipTapTap". We then got a talk from the CIT Head of Engineering. On Thursday we got a work placement in a company. I went to DELLEMC in Ovens and joined a group of other TY students there for coding and hardware workshops. Finally on Friday we prepared for the TechnoDen competition; A competition where we had to come up with a product or service based on what we have seen during the week. Along with this competition we had presentations on Science Communication and a TIDA award talk. The group I was in came up with an idea involving water pressure and depth sensors. We managed to win 1st place which was great. Overall the HighTechElec Program was a great week of work experience. I met some new friends and really enjoyed the week.

DellEMC

★★★★★
5 5 1
I did a weeks work experience at EMC at Ovens. I was with a group of about ten and I got on well with everyone. My supervisors were nice and we got vouchers for free food. I learned all about EMC how they build their machines and the quality control process.