After researching the four jobs I originally proposed, I do not feel any closer to finding a career path to follow in the future. The only job out of the four that I can safely say I have eliminated from being a possibility is being a helicopter pilot since I think getting a job in that field would be difficult and the original debt from training is quite high. Electronic engineering is still a career path I would like to follow since I am interested in a job in the field of engineering. However I feel I may be suited to a different field of engineering, so I am going to have to do some research on the other possibilities.
I do not feel a computer software development is a suitable career path for me, since it basically involves typing lines of code into a computer, which I feel would be tedious, so I am not going to consider this job. I feel computer network managing is still on the table for me since I am interested in the subject, but finding a job with the right company would be difficult, which means getting the high end wage would be difficult. I will consider this field of work, but I will have to do some further research.
I have researched four jobs in detail, but firstly I am going to have to do well in my GCSE’s and A levels, since I have discovered from this research that the majority of well paid jobs require high qualifications to get into, so I am going to have to make sure I achieve as well as I can in my GCSE’s to enable me to get back into school to study A levels. Phase 3: Evaluation I feel that this piece of coursework has helped me in some ways more than others. For instance I am still no closer into deciding on a career path which was sort of what this project was meant to enable me to do.
However I do realise now the shear amount of jobs out their and the importance of getting qualifications is for my future. Via the computer software I discovered a list of jobs there is a good chance I am suited to; most of which are in engineering. From the self analysis spreadsheet I discovered that my two highest virtues are my understanding ability and my social skills which I think are both very important skills for future careers since many jobs require the ability to work as a team as well as the ability to understand a lot of information in a short time.
I feel the project as a whole went quite well with major deadlines being met. The table you can see below: The other members of staff really made me feel welcome and part of the team they got me involved in projects that are real and not just made up to pass the time. The involved me in conversations asked me questions answered mine. Especially in the first week they supported me and if I was stuck with something the didn’t hesitate to help they were brilliant and as they were giving up there own time I found this really pleasing as most of the time they didn’t need to help they just did.
I felt comfortable being in the office with them as they treat me as a fellow employee and not a student. As you can see with these handouts I was involved in a variety of projects including designing a signpost that will shortly be erected outside Ringways garage on Doncaster road near Scawthorpe. There was a project were I designed a pole lantern and supporting brackets for an abnormal lamp post at Tickhill my design was used in the production process and as the photo shows I the bracket was manufactured and used as a direct result of my design.
Other projects included accident surveys and insurance claims but the hardest of all the mini projects was the designing of street lighting down my own street obviously a fabricated project but I followed the correct procedures as to what the project would have followed if I was genuine. As the different booklets show I had to design and plan the project, I had to perform a street survey and using the some of the best mapping technology I gathered information of where the YEDL cables were so that I could arrange for the lighting to be installed.
The process involved selecting the most convenient lamp and column height to achieve the legal levels of light on the road. Lighting levels are measured in Lux as seen in the diagrams throughout the documents. * HOW WERE THE EXPECTATIONS DIFFERENT TO THOSE OF THAT OF SCHOOL? My expectations different very much to that of what I had for school, I expected to be making tea and doing relatively poor standard work, just as we are used to do on office duty. But they were drastically changed by the first day I realised that it wasn’t going to be a dull 2 weeks. But it was going to be interesting to see what actually happen in an office.
WHICH PARTS OF THE PLACEMENT DID I ENJOY THE MOST? I enjoyed the parts where I was working with people on actual jobs like designing the signposts I wasn’t just sat down to copy something, Ralph the person I was working with on that specific day was very helpful and made me feel welcome. He showed me, roughly the full procedures that he would have to do before a job took place he explained to me the use of the Highways standards book published by the highways act of 1988. He showed me the legal side to the job and the different things that you wouldn’t even think of.
Well non really if there was a day that I didn’t enjoy as much as first expected it would have to have been the first day. As I didn’t know what to expect and I didn’t know anybody. I was a total stranger to an office environment. Yes, and no I found the experience demanding on the hours I had to work they were longer than school and I thought I wouldn’t be able to cope but the hours were really flexible and the work was performed in a relaxed office atmosphere with people chatting to me and showing me the ways of the council.
The days flew by but it was showing at home as I was going to bed earlier but I never felt the stain while at work I never felt tired until I came home and laid down. The experience has defiantly made me change my idea of what type of job I want while I’m older I have decided that I would like to be involved in the designing engineering type of work as it is more active