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One month in . . . so far so good!

Hi all,

So this month has gone ridiculously quickly – as anticipated! And boy is it good to be back! I’ve got to admit I was a little nervous about returning to university from placement. How would I settle back into being a student? What would it be like living with a group of new people? Could I handle the workload?

But do you know what, I needn’t have worried. I’m loving the subjects I’m taking this year, I have a brilliant house, and I’ve been reunited with all my Cardiff friends which makes me incredibly happy.

I’m even surprised at how the workload is going (yes, in true Hannah style I am incredibly snowed under, but i am still staying on top of dealines *touch wood*). Already, along with the rest of my cohort, we’re about a third of the way through the lecture material, we’ve submitted our dissertation proposal, presented our placement experiences to students, and are starting to seriously consider what to do after university. That may not sound like a large amount, but once you add on all your extra-curricular CV building work, research clinics, meetings and lecture presentations, your diary starts looking pretty full.

Filling your diary is definitely a good thing. So long as it’s a manageable full – it’s important to make time for yourself too. The reason why I say it’s a good thing, beyond the fact you’ll be developing your skills and building your CV, is that it gets you into the frame of mind of being out in the real world. After being out on placement i’ve learnt that everyone in the office environment usually has at least 3 or 4 projects going at any one time. Therefore it’s really important to learn how to manage your time and be able to multi-task. In addition, I find that the more work I give myself, the better I work. It stops me from taking the inevitable ‘i’ll do it tomorrow’ kind of attitude. Once you get past that, it’s amazing how much you can get done in one day.

So that’s the first benefit of placement I think i’ve mentioned, no doubt it shall be cropping up numourous times in subsequent blogs. You come back with a very different attitude to working and I’ve found I’ve taken more interest in career development, not because I want a better CV, but because I want to improve my skills ready for graduate jobs.

Speaking of which, am now off to a CV and applications talk! So speak soon


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