So, the last time we spoke was last year! Needless to say it’s been a while. How are you all? I hope you are all well and that studies are on track :) I am now back on the blogging scene, but coming from a slightly different perspective. Why? Well two big pieces of news: Firstly I have now moved to Liverpool! This city is amazing, I love it! Don’t get me wrong I still adore Cardiff – and always will – but now I can add Liverpool to my list of places I call home. I think the reason why I love it so much is because it feels like a bigger version of Cardiff – probably because both cities have recently been renovated, so they look really nice, have great shopping and a good vibe. Plus they both have such a friendly buzz to them – Liverpudlians and the Welsh are definitely some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met.
Second piece of news, I have migrated into the world of work…temporarily. Which is the whole reason I am now in Liverpool – I’m currently on my placement year and attempting to apply everything I’ve learnt at uni so far into a real life setting. Let me just say – It’s amazing! I really think I could get used to this world of work malarky! It’s great because you feel like your knowledge is going towards more than just a grade on a sheet of paper. People in your team are actually relying on the work you do, so there’s a real sense of responsibility – It’s great!
I think it’s important at this point for me to say that I am now really appreciating all the skills Cardiff have taught me. I really do feel like I’ve been set up pretty well. There’s all the obvious skills you learn through the course such as analysing the literature, being a critical thinker, articulating your findings in a clear and coherent manner…but its not just that, there’s also managing your workload, working to deadlines and generally being able to think in a scientific way.
For all those applying to Cardiff, in fact university in general, I would really recommend a placement. I feel I’ve learnt so much, not only in terms of how the real world actually works, but also in terms of my psychology, my scientific creativity and my business-interpersonal skills. I know that a lot of placement students feel like their mindset has changed over their year in industry, and I’d have to agree! It’s hard to pinpoint what’s changed exactly, but you definitely feel like you’ve developed and that your attitude going into final year is so different in comparison to where you were at the beginning of first, second and even third year.
So that’s where I’ve got to – a bit more North, but still loving the student life :) I won’t make it so long next time , I’ll be better at staying in touch – I promise. So TTFN, ta ta for now and speak soon