Questions & possible answers on your work placement

SKETCH 1

- Hello ! Sit down please
- Hello, thank’s
- Can you introduce yourself and tell me about few things about yourself ?
- Well , I’m Miss……… and I’m ………………. years old. I’m doing a second year post-a-level diploma to be a laboratory technician. I live at……………., in ……………, with my parents and my …………………but during the week I live in ………….(Angers?), in a flat with my ……………….. Since I was ………………………..years old I’ve always worked during the summer’s holidays.
- What field do you want to work in ?
- I want to be a lab technician in the cosmetics industry if at all possible.
- All right, you have already done a work placement in your first year, haven’t you ?
- Hum , yes, that’s right.
- Where did you do your work placement ? And how did you find this placement ?
- I did my placement at …………………….. I found my placement by myself, I sent a letter with my CV to the the Personnel manager.
- What did you have to do ?
- I had to carry out bacteria testing on some cosmetics such as cream, lipstick ..
- It sounds interesting ! And in second year, you had to do another training period, hadn’t you ?
- Yes , but this period was longer than the first and it was in the same lab.
- Do you think you are made for this job ? Why ?
- Hum , it’s difficult because I can’t imagine the future. I love testing but I’m scared for later because when you are in a lab you don’t talk with people other than your colleagues.
- According to you, what skills and qualities must you have to be a lab technician ?
- I think you must be meticulous, organized and serious because those are very important in this/my field.
- You are right. So, what are your plans for the future ?
- I don’t really know because I don’t think I will always be a lab technician, maybe I’ll try to be a sales rep for chemicals product or beauty products. Or I may go on to work in chemistry .
- Well , this interview is now finished , so good afternoon Miss………………….. !
- Thank you. Good afternoon too, Ms .

SKETCH 2

JJ : “Can you introduce yourself and tell me a few things about yourself ?
H : - My name is ………………….. I come from………………….., about ………. miles from Angers. I’m doing my 2nd year post-A-level diploma.
JJ : - Where are you studying ?
H : - I’m a student at Jean Moulin high school in Angers.
JJ : - What do you hope to be ?
H : - I want to be a lab technician. I would like to continue with my studies in order to specialise in food processing.
JJ : - So, your placement, where was it ?
H : - Well, I was lucky enough to find a placement in …………………, near my home. The people I worked with were very nice and helpful.
JJ : - How did you get to work in the morning ?
H : - I come from ………………………., so it was near my home. I used the tram to go to work, at……………………
JJ : - How long did you work there ?
H : - I spent 14 weeks there, 5 weeks during my 1st year and 9 weeks during my 2nd year.
JJ : - How did you find your placement ?
H : - I found it through my mother because she works there.
JJ : - Did you like working there ?
H : - Yes, it was very interesting as I had hands-on experience.
JJ : - What qualities are necessary to be a lab technician ?
H : - I have to be meticulous, organised, curious and take initiatives.
JJ : - So, tell me what you have understood of the text. Would you sum up the article, please ?”

SKETCH 3

E- Can you introduce yourself and tell me a few things about yourself?
My name is ……………., I am …………… years old, and I live in …………….. near …………………. Before my doing my present studies (that is to say, a BTS bioanalyses et controles), I did my scientific baccalaureate at ………………. high school in …………………………and I obtained it with honours.
E- What do you find interesting in this BTS? What do you hope to be?
In short, I chose this field because I’m interested in manipulation and all kinds of laboratory work whatever the sector, whether it be medical, food, or cosmetics. Moreover, this BTS gives me the chance to do a work placement in order to get familiar with the professional world (or) the world of work.
E- Tell me of your placement?
I did my placement in a cosmetic laboratory in ………………….. I was lucky to find a placement there, which is near my home. The people I worked with were very nice and very helpful. I learned a lot about working in a laboratory and about professional life in general.
E- Do you think you are made for this job? Why?
Frankly, I think I believe I am because I found this job very interesting and there are new things to learn every day. This job involves new technology and discoveries. My training covers a vast range of fields and there are a lot of sectors to see & discover. I wouldn’t like a job where the work is monotonous and where there are nothing to learn that we don’t already know.
E- Do you know the professional world?
Yes, during my holidays I worked in ………………., one in …………………. and the other in ……………………, I was in charge of V+ing & V+ing …………..It was very interesting but difficult because …………….. I worked in every sector, ……………………………., etc. Indeed it was very fulfilling because by V+ing I was able to………………….
E- What are your plans for the future?
For this moment, I really don't know what my plans are. Maybe after my BTS I go on to do a professional degree. However I don't know yet in which field.

SKETCH 4

ENGLISH DIALOGUE

E : Examiner
E: Good morning. Please sit down.
me: Good morning!
E: How are you today?
me: I’m fine, thank you.
E: Can you introduce yourself?
F: Yes, of course. My name is ……………….. and I’m ……………..years old. I don’t live far from here, in Angers /or/I live in…………….., which is near………….. At the moment, I’m doing my second year post-a-level diploma.
E: Ok, and where are you studing?
me: I’m studying at Jean Moulin High School.
E: Tell me a little about your background.
me: I have always lived in (ex: Angers) and at High School I studied physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology to do a scientific baccalaureate //or I studied…………………
E: So, what do you like doing most in this field?
me: I like to study microbiology, to learn the functioning of bacterium and their consequences on the environment, and on us as humans. Moreover, I’m very interested in immunology techniques.
E: What are yours plans for the future?
me: I want to be a lab technician in the immunology field, if at all possible!
E: And your placement, in which field did you do it?
me: I did it in the allergology and immunology field //or I did it in…………, at …………………..
E: Did you find your work placement in first year easily?
me: Yes, I must say that I was very lucky to find a placement rapidly. In fact, I’d sent my letters of application early. I received an answer for an interview. It was positive. I was really relieved to find my placement because it took a load off my shoulders.
E: For you, what was the most interesting?
me: First of all, it was very interesting because I gained a lot experience, especially in research. It’s allowed me to discover professional life. All of it was very interesting. I learned a lot about working in a laboratory.
E: Was there a good atmosphere at work with the other lab technicians?
me: Yes, really good. The people I worked with were very nice and very helpful.
E: When you had to go back to school, was it difficult?
me: Yes, it was hard to get back to work, and especially to get down to doing my lessons at home, because I was able to imagine what it’s like to have graduated from school.
E: Right, now let’s speak about the text.

SKETCH 5

_ Hello..
_Where are you studying?
_Good morning, I am studying in Angers which is near my village , at Jean Moulin high school, it has been …………………years since I have been studying here.
_What are you studying?
_ I study mostly biology , my studies concern science .. It's my first year of BTS , I find this line of studies very interesting
_How did you find your work placement?
_I found my work placement through a friend who gave me the name of the company, I had an interview and I was taken on! I did my work placement at …………………. which is a ………………. laboratory.
_What did you do during this period ?
_During this period I worked on various types of plants, I studied their growth, and the diseases which they could catch/have.
My project was concert (mal dit/confus – à voir demain) and very interesting.
_Would you like to continue on after your BTS?
_If I am still interested by these studies & if I am successful in my BTS, I shall want to continue in the field of vegetable testing/analysis and continue on studying for another few years. However, if I loose interest I shall stop altogether and I shall find a job in the same field
_ How did you get to work, or rather to the place where you were doing your work placement ?
_To go to work I took my car because the company was next to my home
_ How long did it take you to get there?
_ It was only a 10-minute drive

SKETCH 6

- Can you introduce yourself and tell me a few things about yourself?
My name is ………………, I am student in Angers and I live with my…………………… I am doing a second year post-a-level diploma.
- What do you hope to be?
I want to be lab technician.
- Did you find a work placement easily in first year?
No, because it’s very difficult to find a work placement in a laboratory or a factory. But I succeeded in finding one in ……………..(ex January 2013) thanks to somebody I know
- Where did you do your work placement?
I did my work experience in ……………….. Laboratory in June.

- How did you find your work placement?
My parent’s …………………..who knows a laboratory technician.

- What did you have to do?
I did a lot of things. Taking samples from the rivers and testing them. It was very interesting.

- Do you think you are made for this job?
I think it’s very interesting because I like science and leaning about animal, human and vegetable life. But, I don’t want to be a lab technician because it’s a very tedious work as you have to do the same sort of work every day & I think it’s boring.

- What are your plans in the future?
I would like to be a lab engineer. So I have to do a bachelor’s degree and if I succeed, I may even do a master’s degree.

SKETCH 7

Examiner: Good morning, please sit down.
Candidate: Thank you, good morning sir.

Examiner: Can you introduce yourself and tell me about yours studies.
Candidate: So, my name is ……………….., I'm …………………. years old and I come from ………………., a little village in ………………….. I'm in a high school in Angers where I'm doing a second-year post-A-Level degree to be a lab technician.

Examiner: Why did you choose these studies?
Candidate: I chose this field because I love science, understanding what happens in the microscopic world. I started my high school studies by learning sciences and it was very interesting, so that's why I want to continue in this field.

Examiner: So where did you do your work placement? Was it hard to find it?
Candidate: I did my placement in ………………. in…………………. It was a bit difficult to find it because I haven't any family or friends who work in a laboratory.

Examiner: What did you learn during your work placement?
Candidate: I learned to be autonomous thanks to this hands-on experience, to work by myself. And I learned new techniques too. It was very interesting to discover the world of work.

Examiner: Was getting used to the lab hard for you?
Candidate: I have been studying biology for 3 years, so I wasn't totally lost in the lab. But it isn't the same material as at school and if you have a problem, you have to find the solution alone.

SKETCH 8

E: Good morning, please, sit down.
C: Thank you, good morning.

E: Can you introduce yourself and tell me a few things about yourself ?
C: My name is ………………., I am ……………. years old, I live in ………………. Last year, I passed my Baccalaureate specializing in lab science and now I am doing a BTS in Angers.

E: What do you find interesting in this BTS? What do you hope to be ?
C: I find this BTS is interesting because it’s the continuation of the Baccalaureate I did. Furthermore, microbiology and chemistry are really fascinating and there is a lot of testing to be carried out. I want to be a lab technician.

E: Tell me about your work placement.
C: I did my first placement in a laboratory in ……………….. This placement lasted 5 weeks and I found it through a friend. My colleagues were very nice and helped me when I had a problem. So, this training went well.

E: Do you think you are made for this job ? Why ?
C: Yes, because I am really interested in sciences and I am organized and rigorous for the work required in a laboratory.

E: Are you familiar with the Professional world ?
C: Yes, I know a little about the Professional world because I worked before in ……………………….

E: What are your plans for the future ?
C: My plan for the future is to find a job in a microbiology laboratory to work in the field of food safety.

SKETCH 9

Good morning ! Can you introduce yourself and tell me a few things about yourself ?
My name is ………………, I’m ………. years old and I live in …………. which is about ………….. miles from Angers. I’m a student at Jean Moulin high school in Angers so during the week I live in Angers. I study biology.
What do you hope to be ?
I would like to continue my studies because I want to become a lab engineer.
Where did you do your work placement ?
I’ve had an on-the-job experience in microbiology in ……………..in…………………….How long did you work there ?
I’ve had a first job experience from May ……….. to July …………… 2013 and a second from mid-October to mid-December 2013. These 2 placements were very important because the written and oral report will play an important part in the final results of the BTS.
Did you like working there ? Do you think you are made for this job ?
I am really interested in lab research, I have been studying lab biology and biochemistry for 4 years and I have no regrets for the moment. In any case I haven’t any experience in any other field.
Do you have hobbies or activities when you’re not at school ?
Yes, I play ……………because I love sport and I have been a ……………….years. I like to help people.
Ok good ! Just a last question, What will you do when you leave here today ?
I would like to go to an 3rd-level college to study biology, I don’t know what type exactly but I want to continue my studies because it’s important for a good future.
Ok thanks ! See you
Bye

SKETCH 10

- Hello come in, please!
Good morning
Please sit down… we can start. Tell me about yourself!
I was born in …………. at ……………. in 199………….
Really!!! I know a good friend who lives there! Sorry continue.
I have …………..sisters/brothers who are older than me and they have children!
Great! So what are you studying?
I did my A-level specializing in laboratory sciences and I got it with honours. Now, I’ve almost finished my second-year post-A-level diploma in biology in ………………… at ……………………………high school.
During these two years have you done a work placement?
Yes, I did! When I was in my first year, I found a work placement in …………………. I worked on microbiology to check the quality of frozen samples! It was so interesting and in my second year I did another work placement which lasted nine weeks!
It seems interesting! Was it difficult to find it?
I was motivated and I began quickly to look for one and after 4 letters I received an answer , and I was called in for an interview.
Now what is your plans regarding your professional life?
I would like to begin as a technician in a laboratory, but I’m not sure that I’m able to undertake long studies. I need to find a lot of motivation to do that!
When you are willing you can do everything you want! (or, “Where there is a will, there is a way”)
Thank you!