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Good communication is key to addressing your concerns

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The last semester of my second year has been quite challenging in relation to assignments, exams and presentations, however I feel motivated as it is near the end. 

I am really looking forward to start my third and final year. This year’s placement has given me a different views of where I want to work when I finished.

What I like most in placement is that I can pick and choose where I want to get experience, and this really helps in terms of getting ideas of the places I want to work. My placement in this second year has mainly been in the community and in rehabilitation, which is completely different from year one.

Having the options of choosing an elective placement in my final year will give me an insight of where I want to work. The elective could even be abroad, which is another good option to gain more experiences in other countries.

Being on placement and working as a student is always hard without a wage.

Although, it is known to be supernumerary, it is not always the case for students. I feel that all students should be entitled to a minimum wage that could support their learning.

Another thing that I found to be quite challenging was the PAD document – some mentor sees this as a hassle. The PAD document is so important for students and having a mentor that reacts in this way can make the student feel stress in getting their PAD document signed.

”I cannot stress enough the importance of communication”

Being a student can be hard, and working in different places and meeting new people all the time can be quite daunting for some. It is important to ask for support as a student and talk to the mentor if there is anything that is not right.

I cannot stress enough the importance of communication – it goes a long way. It is the only way to address any issues or concerns that a student might feel is stressing them.

I learnt the importance of asking if I am unsure of something, as nobody will know how you feel until you say it. This can ease all the pressure and improve the working relationship between mentor and student.

It is important to feel happy when on placement, as this will make it a lot easier to learn new skills and practise them, but unfortunately it may not always be the same for some. That is why communication is important and should be addressed as soon as possible, rather than leaving it to cause more distress.

Finally, approaching the end of the second year, I have hope for the third year in being told that the second year is the milestone and I am nearly at the end.

Personally, I feel that good planning is the best way to deal with pressure. If you plan right in the second year, there is a lot of time to study and still have a social life.

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