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Tell us about your placement:

I secured my placement by being upbeat & having the correct attitude/enthusiasm for completing tasks that I may not have the correct experience for. My main tasks have involved serving customers through the shop & Wednesday welcome, collecting data for their research and entering it on a database. Also, completing projects for the Port Grocery, i.e. handbook for future volunteers & searching for food companies to donate food. So far, all of it has been enjoyable especially meeting new people including the students who I’m doing my placement with. The most challenging part is probably the data collection but it’s preparing me for my dissertation.

What skills have you developed whilst on placement?

I have definitely developed my research skills, through gathering data for the Port Grocery, and communication skills through interacting with participants.

How has your placement prepared you for your future career?

This placement has opened my eyes to a career path that I wouldn’t have considered if I hadn’t had this opportunity. I had never thought of working in the third sector but I can definitely see an opportunity to use my degree within this area.

What have you learnt about yourself during placement?

So far I have learnt that I am very adaptable and resilient to any situation that I am put in and can complete any task thrown at me.

What were your expectations before starting your placement?

I didn’t expect it to be what it has been like but I have enjoyed it immensely.

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

Definitely start your skills audit before your placement as you have a lot of work to do whilst you’re on placement. Also, enjoy yourself, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

How would you sum up your placement experience?

The best thing I’ve ever done. Absolutely life-changing.