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Work Experience Level 5

Completely revised, comprehensive text written for the revised module 5N1356, guiding the student through all stages of work experience, from preparation to portfolio presentation.

  • Contains revised information on planning and preparation for work to include:
    • Skills Audit and Checklis
    • Career Plan
    • Job Finding Strategies
    • CV/Personal Statement
    • Letter of Application
    • Statement of Contractual Obligations
    • Effective Employability Skills for the Workplace

  • Explores types of work organisations and career opportunities in various sectors, for example, public, private and vocational.

  • Discusses the changing nature of work and recent changes in the Irish and global economies.

  • Provides up-to-date information on all relevant changes in employment and health and safety legislation.

  • Includes a to-do list, tips for portfolio completion and sample contracts.

  • Details key employability skills: good timekeeping, working independently with direction, meeting deadlines, personal presentation, communication and employee responsibilities in terms of health and safety.

  • Highlights the importance of reflection on work experience, achieved by documenting plans, goals, challenges, successes, new skills learned, new relationships, routines and procedures.

  • Provides pointers on creating a career plan based on the work experience.

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Work Experience module [5N1356]


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Publication Date

May 2014




Paperback, 192 pages

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Chapter 1: General Work-Related Information
Chapter 2: Planning and Preparation for Work Experience
Chapter 3: Vocational Study
Chapter 4: Basic Rights and Responsibilities of Employees and Employers
Chapter 5: The Work Placement
Chapter 6: Reflecting on the Work Placement Experience and Future Planning
Chapter 7: Skills Demonstration
Sample Portfolios
Learner Personal Notes and Checklist Area
Sample Contracts
Work Experience Diary


235 x 157 mm


By Arlene Douglas and Séamus O'Neill

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Arlene Douglas, BA, HDipEd, Grad Dip Stats, DipComp, is Assistant Director of Adult Education, Evening School, Limerick College of Further Education. She is also Head of Media in the Media Department. She has taught Business and Media for 20 years and is an external examiner. She is also the author of Business Administration.

Séamus O’Neill, BSc, HDipEd, MBCS, teaches in the School of IT and Multimedia Design at Crumlin College, Dublin. He has 25 years’ teaching experience in second and third level and is the author of Essential Spreadsheet Skills and Essential Computer Applications.

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