HOW TO TALK ABOUT YOUR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
( P.A. / PERSONAL ASSISTANT)
As part of the examination, each student has to find a topic of analysis to complete during his/her training period
to work as a trainee
to complete / to achieve / to spend a training period / a placement / an internship (US)
a probation period / to be on probation
During my placement / As a trainee, I noticed that ... / I realised that ... / I became aware that
I completed my first placement / My second placement took place in / at ...
to assign a task, to achieve a task
to settle an appointment
to rethink the organization
to analyse a problem
to update a list
to devote time to ...
to check / to oversee
to bind a report
to file a document
to deposit money / a check
to fill in a form / a check
to deal with the problems that can arise
to implement a solution
to carry out a survey
to keep the books / to do the book-keeping
to answer the phone
to dial /redial a number
to look up a phone number in the yellow pages
to make a call
to sort documents / the mail
to send follow-up letters
to send a fax / to use a fax machine
to type a standard / follow-up letter
to process documents / invoices
to process / to sort the mail
to capture data
a binder / a filing cabinet
a deadline (to comply with a -)
a stub / a counterfoil
DATA PROCESSING (DP) AND OFFICE AUTOMATION
a computer / to compute / computing
to key in / to punch in / to enter data / figures / data capture
word processing / a word processor / a data base / a spreadsheet
a network / a modem / a screen / a keyboard / a smartcard
a laser / dot-matrix / ink-jet / color printer
a chart / a graph / a diagram
a line chart / a bar chart / a pie chart / a flow chart
the DP department / the DP Manager
THE COMPANY (
the company / the corporation / the firm / the enterprise was created / founded in ... by ...
an industrial estate / an estate agent / a supplier (to supply)
the Managing Director / the Board / the Chairman of the Board / the C.O.B.
a department / an office / an office clerk
to be located / nationwide / worldwide / international
to employ / an employer / an employee
a customer /a patron / to patronize
the turnover / the assets and liabilities / profits / a balance sheet
a subsidiary / a branch / the parent company
the brand image (well-known / flattering / negative ...)
a machine / an appliance / a device / a contraption / an apparatus
Insurance / an insurance policy / a premium / to renew / to terminate a contract
Banking / a bank account / a bank statement / a cheque (UK) / a check (US)
savings bank / a withdrawal / an overdraft / a guarantee / a loan
credit balance / debit balance
Commerce / trade / legal matters / taxes
to join / to integrate a team
the person in charge / Who's in charge here ?
to get acquainted with s.o.
to train / training / retraining / to be well-trained / to be ill-trained
the manager / the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) / the placement officer
to be off-sick / to take a leave / to be on leave
nice / pleasant / forthcoming / helpful / open / open-minded
an exciting / fulfilling / fruitful / rewarding / enriching experienceIt helped improve (my knowledge ...) ... and overcome (my shyness ...)
I really enjoyed working ...
To conclude, this training session permitted me to understand how a company works
to improve my theoretical knowledge in ...
to sharpen my skills in ... / to add an edge to ...
Although I learned a lot, I also noticed / realised I still have to improve ...
AND NOW REMEMBER
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