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Tell us about your placement:

I secured my placement through the WBL Moodle page. My duties and tasks have covered anything and everything: helping in the kitchen, lab and sensory as well as working on a project for a client at the University. The most enjoyable aspect has definitely been the lab!

What skills have you developed whilst on placement?

My communication skills. I am quite shy and being dyslexic can make it difficult to articulate what I want to say. I have overcome this by improving my confidence and becoming familiar with the NoWFOOD centre and staff. Also, taking initiative, which is also linked with confidence, has helped me to overcome this.

How has your placement prepared you for your future career?

I have become familiar with the day-to-day running of different aspects of the food industry. This has given me an insight into what I might wish to pursue in the future. I have also met people in the industry who ‘sing my praises’ to others.

What have you learnt about yourself during placement?

At first I was very anxious about my competency in the workplace, however, on just my first day, I started to feel more confident. By my second week, I was handling clients independently. It has been entirely transformative.

What were your expectations before starting your placement?

I did not have many expectations before I started as I was unsure of the clients that we would have in. I did, however, expect it to be really difficult. While the science aspects were technical, I was able to adjust and grow. It turned out that it was not as difficult as I thought it might be.

What advice would you give to students embarking on Work Based Learning?

Believe in yourself! If you don’t think that you will be good enough for a particular organisation and they are sure to choose someone else; go for it anyway you might surprise yourself.

How would you sum up your placement experience?

This placement has been very ‘cool’ and ‘sciencey’ and completely transformative.