I have been able to take ownership over projects, like running our Instagram, which has been so much fun and a great way to learn.
This placement has had the unexpected additional element of occurring during COVID-19. As a result of this, like many people, I have been working from home. Whilst this has made some things a little more challenging it has had some positives. It has forced me to step up and trust myself and my knowledge, building my confidence in a professional setting.
COVID-19 has also resulted in pivoting to a greater use of digital alternatives for things we would have previously done in person. This is something I otherwise probably wouldn't have gotten experience with.
Throughout this experience the whole team have been committed to keeping in contact, which has really helped with my adjustment. We even held a team awards meeting on Zoom, on the day we would have had our faculty awards to recognise each team member’s importance!
I couldn't have asked for a better environment to grow. The team I am a part of have welcomed me with open arms. They have been supportive and encouraging, answering endless questions. I have had so much fun with this team and I am already dreading the end of placement next year. I am so glad I grabbed the opportunity to go on placement with both hands!