I was part of the third group of work experience placements, which meant I worked from the 4th-8th April. My five day placement took place in Donals, a small shop on Gorey Main Street that sells toys, garden ornaments, candles, sweets, catering items and stationary. I had to search all over the town to get a placement. I tried initially to get a placement in the Tattoo shops and Art shops because I love art, and aspire to be a tattoo artist, but after being unlucky I settled for Donals. This would give me experience in retail which would look really good on a C.V for lots of different jobs. I was really nervous the night and morning before going in, but I felt more relaxed when I arrived as I became acquainted with the employees who were all really nice. I began by cleaning the shelves to get familiar with the products that were on sale in the shop. Afterwards, Andrew, the Manager of the shop, asked me to help him unload boxes of new merchandise for the shop from a van. Some boxes were really heavy. I opened the boxes, checked the invoice for prices, priced the items with the price gun and brought them out to the shop in a trolley to stack the shelves with them. Andrew showed me how to use the price gun, and how to change the roll of stickers when they had run out. Some customers approached me asking questions about where things were, whether we had certain things or not and how much things cost. This was daunting at first but after a while I got used to it, and was familiar enough with the shop to answer their queries. This was a very good way for me to learn how to deal with the public, who were all unique characters. On the final day, I got to learn how to use the cash register, and was left to use it independently for an hour. It was very easy to get the hang of and it was a bit of a buzz as I was under pressure a little more than I had been in the shop before. At the end of the week I felt very accomplished, with a better understanding of the working world. I learned lots of new skills, and I felt it was a great achievement.