Work experience, internships and volunteering can be good stepping stones to begin a career, but some assigned tasks during this time can be a little odd.
Twitter users have been confessing the “ridiculous" and “horrible" tasks they have been asked to do during their time at work experience, and some might sound familiar.
Journalist Katie Grant kicked off the conversation with her own account of being very excited to pick up dry cleaning on work experience.
She asked Twitter users: “What is the most cliched/ridiculous/horrible task you were assigned when you were on work experience?"
Social media users did not disappoint, with plenty of anecdotes from their own stints of work experience, from the mundane to the bizarre.
1. This painful task.
2. A strong workaround of a broken computer.
@kt_grant on my first day of work experience with a weekly local paper I was told the spare computer had a virus, s… https://t.co/BiDIC3V5v2— Lauren (@Lauren)1559742064.0
3. Work experience might involve some unglamorous trips.
@kt_grant My friend worked for a radio DJ/TV presenter who made her drive back to London (a good 60 miles or so) to get his “lucky belt”.— Rebecca (@Rebecca)1559775090.0
4. There are a few obstacles to complete some tasks.
Being asked to collect a Romanian film star from Gatwick airport at 4am in the morning. I cannot drive. Or speak Ro… https://t.co/RonZeI8pUY— Kate C (@Kate C)1559771867.0
5. This picky eater.
6. There might be some upsetting tasks at work experience.
@kt_grant I had to send out letters to successful applicants for a training scheme at the newspaper that I had been… https://t.co/A9CMvojoxm— Liam Thorp (@Liam Thorp)1559733377.0
7. This disappointing experience.
I did my work experience at a restaurant because I loved cooking. However, there a lot of regulations around food a… https://t.co/VFu2vR5Zn6— Matt Redmore (@Matt Redmore)1559816943.0
8. Lastly, a great task for anyone who loves organization.
@kt_grant I had to put a massive box of CDs in alphabetic order at HMV. I was thrilled as it was my favourite thing… https://t.co/82hbCUXGjK— Chris Wadsworth (@Chris Wadsworth)1559752164.0