2016. november 1., kedd

Work experience in Suzanne's by Adrienn Ardai

I work in Suzanne’s, a little souvenir shop on the sea front. First I wasn’t satisfied with this job, because I wanted to work in a pub or something like that. But now I love this place. Marilyn and Sally, the ladies who I work with are really kind and lovely women. They are patient and always help me when I’m in trouble. The first week was very, very quiet and boring, because there was just a few costumers. This week was busier, fortunately, because this week is half-term break. In autumn souvenir shops are not so busy, these are more a summer enterprises. Marilyn told me, in the summer it is very, very busy; once there were about 70 students inside. I enjoy serving the costumers. I learn many, many new thing about people, money, company and of course my English evolves. I learnt how to use the cash register and serve people. First it was complicated for me, but I learned it soon. Beside this, I have to be kind with people (even if they are rude), ask questions from them (e.g. Would you like a bag? etc.); sometimes I have to clean or tidy. It is not so tiring, I think this is the best for me. Next week I’m going to work in KSE, because Suzanne’s will close in winter.

Work experience in Marks&Spencer by Sándor Noémi, Sághy Enikő

"I am working in Marks and Spencer. It has a food section and clothes section. I think this shop is for everyone, but I see mostly elder people, and moms with their children. My colleagues are friendly, and helpful, because every time I ask something from them, they help me. On the first day I was working at the Christmas decorations, and I had to organize and tidy the shelves. I was at women's clothing for a long time. I had to sizetidy the clothes a lot, I had to do piping, which is to put the correct number to the hanger. I had to do clearing, what is to put the clothes to the right places. I had to do cleaning. I really enjoy working here."

"I worked at Marks & Spencer for 3 weeks. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It was good but sometimes a little bit boring, when they couldn't give us job. Actually I did the same everyday. It was very good when I could talk to my workmates because it helped to my English. We had an hour lunch break between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. So what did I do: Size tiding the clothes and the shoes, helped in the Fitting Room, took out the clothes from the fitting room and took back their places and took out some new clothes, bags or shoes from the storage. Overall it was a good work experience for me in another country."

Work experience in Churchill Tavern by Bettina Harsányi

I work at Churchill Tavern which is a seafront pub and restaurant situated in the heart of Ramsgate. To be honest, I was a bit anxious yet excited when I got to know my work placement but now I know all the worrying was for nothing since I enjoy every moment of my job. The staff, including the manager as well, has been very friendly and helpful since the beginning, moreover, the customers are also kind and understandable towards me. In the beginning, I was afraid people would have difficulties to understand me and/or the other way around but surprisingly, as I got used to how things work and people's accents (there's a college near by therefore a lot of students come in at lunchtime whose mother tongue isn't English so to be fair it was more difficult for me to understand them than the British) everything seems to be easier. What I find really rewarding and a bit funny is that when I talk with customers and at some point they realise I'm not British, they get surprised and compliment on my English. Also, I love chatting with regulars and how open-minded and eager to get to know me. The same goes for me, too, because listening to their stories is amazing. Moving on to the serious part, my duties include basically everything a waitress could deal with at a pub such as serving customers, bringing food out, clearing tables, polishing glasses and the cutlery, tapping ales and beer, handling the till and so on. In conclusion, I feel extremely lucky working here in such a fantastic atmosphere and I couldn't be more delighted. I swear, I wake up with a smile on my face in the mornings since I don't mind going to work at all. I do hope, I'll find a job as enjoyable as this one in the future, too.

2016. október 31., hétfő

Work experience in The Charles Dickens by Fruzsina Balázs

I can say I am pretty lucky with my workplace since I got the job I wanted and exactly where I wanted.  I am working in the Charles Dickens restaurant and pub which is really well known here. It is located just in the seafront so I guess it is not needed to deeply discribe the view. This may brings a lot of guest in but don't forget about all the programs they organise. It is not suprising why it is so popular. They are always full even on Christmas. Working there is such a pleasure. I have never thought I am going to like my job as much as this. The staff is so lovely and helpful. On my first days they were patient and understanding. Just from the beginning we have been talking a lot and it was fantastic to see how interested they were and wanted to get to know me. There is never a dull moment with them.  My job is quite easy. Being a waitress is not hard since I have experience in it. But talking with the guests and making a relationship between us are my favourites. It is always good putting people in good mood, getting to know them and all these things. It is so funny that already plenty of them recognize me and smile at me when I give them their drink or food.  All in considered, I really like my job and could not be happier with it.  I am glad I am working for Charles Dickens and lucky to have the opportunity to meet all these people in the staff. They even asked me to come back after school and work for them. I seriously will think it over. 

Work experience in Marks&Spencer Food hall by Flóri, Marci

"My work placement is Marks and Spencer. Which is a big supermarket near to Broadstairs at Westwood Cross. It's really different from the Hungarian one it has more sections just like food, beauty, men's wear women's wear, cafè and kid's wear. I work at the food hall with Marci and our job is to refill the shelves with products which are out of stock. At first it was hard to understand the people, but after the second day i got used to their speed and accent and now we can help them too, because we know where are the products they search. We work 5 hours every day, but we have a one hour lunch break. I like to work here, there's only one thing I miss the music."

"My work experience takes place in Marks and Spencer, it's a bit different from the Hungarian store, because it's much larger and has a lot more departments. Clothing, Beauty,Gifts, Cafetaria and Foods. I work in the food department with Flórián. We usually have to fill up the shelves from green trays and sort them by date, or tidy up the shelves. At the beginning it was quite difficult, but after the first few days, we knew where we can find most of the things and with that knowledge we could, help some costumers out. I personally like the place, because it's relaxed and easy. The only problem for me is that it's quite cold in the shop."

Work experience in HobbyCrarft by Anna Major

I have work experience in HobbyCraft. It is a huge craft store in Westwood Cross. They sell craft tools, models, clay, paints, fabric, knitting tools, books, patterns, toys and a lot of decorations for Christmas. I work from 10 until 15 and I have a lunch break from 12.30 until 13.00. I usually help tidying and filling the shelves. I also help people finding what they are looking for. The managers and collegues are very kind and patient. The custumers are fairly patient and tolerant. I really enjoy working here.

Work experience in B&M Store by Jenni, Kriszti, Szandy

We work in the B&M Store at Westwood Cross. This shop is one of the leading variety retailers in the UK. They mainly sell foods, drinks, household supplies and toys. The customers' age is different, they're mainly middle-aged people and they usually come with their children, but there are elderly people as well. We work here from 10.00am to 15.00pm and we always work together. Our duties are packing out and moving the products. We also help customers when they can't find something. Sometimes it is really hard, because they ask it with the product's brand. But the more time we spend here, it is getting easier because when we adjust the shelves, we get know the products' names.