Tuesday, May 8, 2007


It has been an enjoyable experience attending the world of work internship programme. As we approach the ultimate week of the programme, the presentations from the various speakers are getting even more interesting. This morning we had a particularly inspiring session with Elspeth Kempe whose presentation focussed on business writing skills, a valuable skill, particularly for some of us where English is our second language. We learnt how to use language tactfully and the correct usage of language when conversing with colleagues and other staff members more senior than us. She spiced up the presentation by demonstrating a layout and presentation of a CV which is able to win you a job.

The afternoon session with Des Patel was as useful as the one we had in the morning. Her session on the presentation skills was clearly demonstrated by they way she went about her presentation. Presentation is all about selling yourself first and your services. We learned about the benefits of presentations, some risks involved, and the various typical pitfalls of presenters. She introduced us to the presentation process, design and packaging, and also suggested criteria for presentation structure and the use of visual aids. The two activities we had during the session on presentations were extremely useful for the actual presentation awaiting us on Friday. For me it was a wake up call, to focus on my weaknesses and work on them before the actual day of the presentations.