The Transition to Business from Education

On and off, for the last few months, I have worked in a business helping out with various tasks such as helping with the the rolling stock take as the company was a little behind. Other things have involved tracking down lost parts; general housing keeping; scanning a huge backlog of paperwork from May and cleaning of old manufacturing machines. I have done many things, and learnt many new skills that I can apply to other job. Such things as: doing a job, then going back tot he person who gave the job with any errors that have arisen during the process. Lots of things - like that - have been shown to me and I would never have learnt them through the education process.

The first thing that hit me was the much longer work hours that entailed. Instead of a five hour day, I can end up working seven to eight hours adding up to thirty five hours worth of  work a week compared to the small twenty five hours at school. During the first days, I was completely washed out and did not want to do anything in the evening, apart from watching films. With school -where I would arrive home and then do homework for and hour and a half on some evenings, then what I wanted- I have less time in the evening, however I feel more accomplished with my day. The transition to a temporary job has shown me that school was not realistic in preparing me to change to working longer and more independently, as you do in a job. I have done work on several consecutive Saturdays, which has prepared me a little, and at school my average week would usually be twenty-eight hours due to staying for and extra hours on specific days - so the transition was not as bad.

Other things the working has shown me is how school teaches you about learning in fixed times, whereas working is about learning then actually doing something with the learning. Very rarely in education do I find myself bringing together different fields of study. Whilst working, I have had to bring together mathematics and computing skills, along with having to use decent presentation to convey information that other staff members have asked for. School has this at times, in the form of long term projects, however there never seems a sense of a true combination of lots of different things

The Transition from a school environment to a work one is a huge jump. There are things school teaches you that does prepare you, however there is a huge lack of things it does not. I hope I have touched on some of these here.