Work Experience

Work Experience

  • The work experience program offers 6th grade students and 5th grade students if they are highly motivated the opportunity to have a real experience in a company or organization. during the school year’s last week or during their holidays.
  • Only one week of school time will be booked for the work experience (last week before the holidays). However, students will be encouraged to continue their internship for a second week during the summer holidays. Work experience will be allowed during every holiday period.  Year 6 students who do not go on school trip are invited to have a work experience during that week.
  • Although highly recommended, work experience is not compulsory.
  • Students are invited to find a company for their placement by themselves. However, lists are available in the office of “Vie Scolaire”, R232 and the head of program can provide them with ad hoc advice. In addition, the school is offering a limited number of placements.
  • So far, the students have chosen various areas for their work experience: medical, journalism, translation, science, IT, zoology, administration,…
  • Spoken languages are mainly French and English but also Dutch, Spanish, German and others, as work experiences can take place in an EU country. It can obviously be an opportunity to improve your language skills as well.
  • All students participating to the program will be covered by an insuranceprovided by the school.
  • Students can go for an internship in all EU countries. Due to the variety of placements and the number of risks, students will be asked to find a work experience in an EU member state. Traineeships in other countries might be authorized if parents/legal tutor discharge the schoolmaster of his responsibility related to the organization and the follow-up of the work experience. Parents cover all costs related to transportation, repatriation, medical (hospitalization regardless of the reason : sickness, accident,…)and declare in writing not to sue the European School for all matters related to a non EU work experience.

 Why should you participate ?

  • To discover the professional world
  • To check whether you clearly understand what your dream job is all about
  • It’s a great opportunity
  • To gain the necessary experience to apply to some universities

How to participate ? 

Then, once you have been accepted in a company/organization, you will complete a work experience contract, signed by you the student, the parents, the school’s headmaster and the organization.

After the work experience, a brief report must be written, and given to Mr Beliën.

A certificate will be delivered to each participating student assuming all administrative paper work is complete.

Respect of « the behaviour code of the perfect trainee ! » :

  • Perfect punctuality : If you use public transportation, make sure that you arrive on time. During school holiday, train/tram/MTR/buses are less frequent and the schedule might change
  • Appropriate dress code : you are not going to the beach or night club ! Even if temperature rises, wear decent clothes and for the girls, discrete makeup. A tie is not required for trainees.
  • A bit of foresight: some companies or organizations might offer lunch but, most of the time, you must pay yourself for your sandwich. Make sure that you have enough money with you, especially if your work experience place is far away from a cash machine
  • Respect of « savoir-vivre » rules : do not raid the biscuits box or the Expresso machine. Wait until someone offers you a soft drink or a snack before helping yourself… Be polite : thank, greet and use appropriate vocabulary…
  • And particularly, be curious, proactive, get interested in the way the company works overall, ask questions, concentrate when you have a rather complex task, discuss with your parents in the evening if you had a problem, create contacts with people around you,… and enjoy this experience so different from school !

Report 

This report must consist of :

front page with :

  • Your name, class in 2016-2017 and in 2017-2018  mail address, mobile number ;
  • Working place : name of the company/organization, address, name of the person responsible for the work experience and his/her mail address
  • Dates of the work experience

The report itself

(2 to 3 A4 pages) with :

  • A short summary of the company/organisation : company’s type (multinational, big, average, small or micro company) or organisation (humanitarian,  educational, medical, political,..), number of people, type of goods or services,…
  • A detailed description of the different daily tasks;
  • A personal feedback of the experience : what did I learn during this work experience ? Does this traineeship help me to make a better choice for my future (studies and job) ? This important report will be added to your school file and be precious for university applications.
  • Before 30th September (or earlier if you had your WEX during October, Christmas, February , Easter, May holidays)

Delivery of a work experience certificate by the Faculty (The students who did not submit their work experience report will not receive any certificate).

Finding a company

Students are expected to find a company by themselves.  However, the project coordinator has a list including previous years’ locations for consultation.  That list is confidential and can neither be copied nor uploaded on the website.

During the second term, some internships will be suggested to the school by Eurocontrol & ServeTheCityBrussels (charity work experience).  This list will be published in March/April  and 6th grade students will then be allowed to apply (respecting the application procedures of the three institutions).

The project coordinator is available to help students find a company according to their skills, interests and motivation.

To write your resume, you can :

Any other question? Please contact Mr Jan Beliën.