Briony is a first year student who is struggling to get over shyness…
“I’m a first-year student, and I recently went on my first ever placement.
“The overall experience was fascinating, and I really feel like I learnt a lot. But there’s one area that didn’t improve by the end that’s really bothering me - I couldn’t talk to patients.
“I’m quite a shy, introverted person as it is, and my mum even commented that she hoped this work would bring me out of my shell! But so far it hasn’t.
“I don’t know how to start or even approach conversation. I don’t know what questions I should be asking. I’m so scared about saying the wrong thing, particularly after lectures at college about staying professional, that I found myself not saying anything at all.
”If anyone else felt like this at the start of their career, I’d give anything for some tips on how to make my inter-personal skills better!”