Try­ing to work hard

The Borneo Post - Good English - - Short Story Section -

The fi­nal-year pupils of St James' In­sti­tu­tion were off to do work ex­pe­ri­ence at lo­cal firms. ‘This is not a hol­i­day!’ said the head teacher. ‘The em­ploy­ers have been asked to keep your noses to the grind­stone.

They’ll let me know if any of you are not pulling your weight. This is an ideal op­por­tu­nity to try out some jobs be­fore you de­cide on a ca­reer,’ ‘I can’t be­lieve they’re mak­ing us work for noth­ing,’ grum­bled Ja­son. ‘I thought they would pay us peanuts, but they’re not even doing that.’

‘Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, Ja­son,’ said the teacher.

It’s gen­er­ous of peo­ple to let you into their work­places.’ ‘I pity the em­ployer who gets Ja­son,’ whis­pered Rena. ‘He’ll not do a stroke all the time he’s there.’ ‘Can you be­lieve he’s go­ing to work in the lo­cal bank?’ asked Tim. ‘He’s very poor at maths.

He’ll play havoc with the cus­tomers’ ac­counts.’ ‘That’s be­cause his fa­ther’s a banker and he was able to pull strings,’ replied Sheila, ‘but it’s not so bad as Meg work­ing in the ho­tel restau­rant. She can’t even boil an egg.

I’m telling my par­ents to give the place a wide berth while she’s there!’ ‘What are you doing, Sheila?’ asked Len. ‘I’m help­ing the lo­cal doc­tor’s re­cep­tion­ist. It’s a very busy prac­tice and so it’s not go­ing to be a bed of roses.’ None of the pupils seemed par­tic­u­larly en­thu­si­as­tic about the idea of work ex­pe­ri­ence.

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