Marcus Assab wrote:
Im in year 10 and I do work experience soon and I was thinking doing it at Chessington since its 1/2 hr away from me. Do you think it will be any good? Or what did you guys do for work experience?
I'm sure this is probably done and dusted now, but here's my input. I worked at CWoA for six seasons (03-08) and in my time there I don't remember there being any work experience people at all. I was a supervisor for four years and, as other people have said, I don't recall any work experience people on the operational side of things in any departments. With H&S and all that, most staff will take several days to train up on anything and need attention from supervisors, so it's not worth it. I was in the Cleaning and Car Parks department and even we wouldn't take work experience. It has been a few years now tho so worth finding out.
HOWEVER, I do believe office-based teams may do, i.e. HR, Marketing etc, so defo get in touch. Wouldn't be quite as exciting though. I actually applied for work experience there when I was in year 10 (2002 - god I feel old!) but they didn't do it. Ended up doing a week with the Met with Lambeth Drug Squad so didn't do too badly!
Also, Merlin have a pretty major office less than a mile down Leatherhead Road (old Tussauds Group head office) so get in touch with them as well. That office complex is called Silverglade.
I loved working at Chessy (weekends and school/uni holidays) so good luck, and presumably you could apply to work there from the 2014 season if you're in year 10 now. There were plenty of people who travelled from Croydon.