On the occasion of my first year with the La Rochelle Graduate School of Management, I undertook my work placement in a company called Container Link, in Poole, in the south-east of England. This experience, lasting three months, gave me the opportunity to live through a total immersion in an English-speaking country in order to improve my professional English. Moreover, this work placement turned out to be a human and cultural experience. In the first part, I will present details about the company Container Link, its structure and its environment, and my mission within the office in Poole. In the second part, I will describe, in concrete terms, my work experience, and the social customs in England. Finally, I will explain the benefits of this work experience, the acquired competences and the valorization on my CV.
[...] For all transport, the driver gets delivery instructions. This document gives the registered number of the trailer and the details of the delivery: the destination, the quantity and kind of goods. To prove the delivery for the sender, the drivers have to complete a CMR. My role in the agency was to answer as well as possible at the requests of the British customers. For that, it was necessary for me to learn the British geography, the motorway network in order to locate the trucks and therefore to know the real possibilities of recharging. [...]
[...] For that, I learned the principal terms from transport: Collection, deliveries, consignment, quote, trailer card, seal . Reading the daily newspaper was necessary to help me to speak English in various situations, and my lodging in a British family enabled me to hold prolonged discussions on various subjects. Valorisation on my CV This work placement emphasizes my capacities of adaptation to a foreign environment, which is very important today in the companies. This work placement enabled me to discover new working methods. [...]
[...] People make a great effort to arrive on time for an appointment. It is often considered impolite to arrive even a few minutes late. If a person is unable to keep an appointment, it is expected that he calls the other person he is meeting. During my work placement, I had to arrive at the exact time specified for dinner or at the office. The cost of living varies from one part of the UK to another. Generally, it is more expensive to live in London and the south of England where I was (Poole in the Dorset), and cheaper up north. [...]
[...] Similarly, CONTAINER LINK transports industrial goods for famous companies such as Toshiba, Orion and for freight companies like Gefco, Frans Maas, Graveleau UK, DFDS The major competitors in the domestic and international market are: ✓ Transalliance ✓ Norbert Dentressangle Suppliers To cross the Channel, CONTAINER LINK uses the company “Brittany Ferries” which is based in the Poole harbour. Brittany Ferries is on the first position in the western Channel. This company operates on the shortest sea way Poole-Cherbourg which is very useful to CONTAINER LINK. In average, CONTAINER LINK ships approximately fifty trailers per week from Poole to Cherbourg. Most of its trailers which ship on this line are unaccompanied. For Brittany Ferries, CONTAINER LINK is one of their main customers after Dentressangle, Gefco and Mesguen. [...]
[...] Pubs are popular social meeting places. Pubs are an important part of British life. People talk, eat, drink, meet their friends and relax there. Pubs often have two bars, one usually quieter than the other, many have a garden where people can sit in the summer. Children can go in pub gardens with their parents. Nearly all pubs sell pub lunches. One of these is the “Ploughman's Lunch” which is a great wedge of Cheddar cheese, some bread, some pickle, and an onion. [...]
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