Did you have to do work experience when you were at school? Do kids still have to do it or has it finally been recognised as a huge waste of everyone’s time?
We had to do two weeks’ worth at the end of Year 10 when the Year 11s were doing their GCSEs. I was really lazy about getting it sorted and when I realised everyone had got their placements at local solicitor’s offices and hair salons I popped into Barnardos in town and asked if I could volunteer there for two weeks. Really easy job, all I did was tidy up the clothes on the rails and steam clothes in the basement. Got extended lunch and breaks too because it’s a children’s charity and they didn’t want to overwork me.
There was one day when we got a load of Ann Summers stuff donated and I had to spend all day in the basement sorting through latex crotchless bodysuits and that with a really weird old lady who worked there. I only realised about an hour in that it wasn’t second-hand and was just end-of-line stock but it was still pretty bizarre.