Work Experience at Lincat

My name is Hannah and I am having work experience at Lincat from the 5th – 9th July 2010. To start with I was a bit apprehensive as office work is not on my list of jobs for the future, and the school had set me up with Lincat as a quick placement but it soon proved otherwise.

 On my first day I arrived at Lincat, was welcomed by the receptionist and made my way through to the offices. I was then taken upstairs to be given a Health and Safety briefing in which I got given a tour of the shop floor and completed a course in Manual Handling.

When I arrived back at the office, I learnt about exactly what Lincat manufacture and how their products work. To be honest, I really needed this talk because I had no idea what Lincat did, apart from the fact that they supplied to companies such as Walkers Crisps (my dad works there) and the NHS (my granddad works there).

 I was introduced to the EB3F Water Boiler, which Lincat use throughout the offices to supply hot water, which has a “built in” water filter to get cleaner water and nicer-tasting drinks.

After a short look around the company showroom, I was set my first task. I made graphs using Excel to show how much profit was being made from certain products and if this profit was increasing or decreasing throughout the past five years.

After a lunch break, I was given the job of putting letters and leaflets into envelopes to send to possible buyers. This was slightly tedious but many jobs do include boring aspects which have to be done. It also gives your mind a break if you’ve been concentrating hard on a computer screen for the rest of the day.

Day 2 of work experience had me touring around the different departments such as exports where I was told how the different departments all contributed to the end products.

My third day was slightly different as I got to go up to the kitchen and help test some Lincat products by boiling water. There’s an old saying which states “A watched pot never boils”. I can tell you I watched over 20 water pots boil.

However, after lunch I was given a break from watching water bubbling in a pot, by making pizza with the chef here at Lincat I was surprised to find out that in a proper pizza oven it only takes around 3 minutes to cook a pizza. I also learned that you need to take care when baking bread in them, as we retrieved our virtually black loaves from the oven. It was still fun though and the pizza was probably the freshest I’ll ever taste.

The fourth day consisted of being introduced to more departments including purchasing and accounts where I took part in basic admin work.

On the final day I worked in marketing again. I started to write this blog and then was asked to write another which might appear on here soon. I then completed some more admin work.

Work experience in itself is a good way for young people like myself to decide what careers to follow, or in some cases what not to follow! I did enjoy my week here but I don’t think I could handle working in an office everyday for the rest of my life.

You do gain new skills, for example I’m much quicker at typing now, which will be helpful for schoolwork, and I’ve also gained other skills which will help me in real-life situations.

I recommend that anyone who is not sure what they want to do when they are older, to come to somewhere like Lincat because it gives you a full experience of what jobs are needed in a business and also gives you the experience of working somewhere that you wouldn’t necessarily want to work.

At the end of the week, I am worn out but happy with the work I have achieved in such a short space of time. I am happy that I haven’t been sent on a tea and coffee run once while I was here and the atmosphere of Lincat seems to be a world away from the hustle and bustle of school and exams!

2 Comments

  1. Nick McDonald
    Jul 9, 2010

    It was good to have you working with us this week, Hannah. I hope the experience will help you in your eventual choice of career.

  2. Hannah
    Jul 9, 2010

    Thanks Nick.

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