I have been able to draw upon what I learned in my degree to do independent research and induction videos for the charity. My research looked at how financial abuse relates to safeguarding of clients, and I’m really excited that some of the things I have learned may help to improve policies and training in the organisation.
I have taken part in fundraising challenges such as a fancy dress 5K run, and I have made new friends in my fellow interns and colleagues. Adapting to the culture of the organisation was harder than I expected, but it has been an enlightening experience.
For anyone considering a placement year, I would say try your best to be open-minded and realise it is ok to not be ok sometimes. It can take a lot of effort to find a placement that is suited for you, and if your expectations don’t immediately match the reality it can be disheartening. But realise that you don’t have to be at the top of your game immediately – the people you are working with may have been doing their jobs since before you were born!
You can always reach out to your manager, mentor, or the University placements team for support to get you through any challenges and make the most out of your internship experience.
Monica Brownwood, BA (Hons) Sociology