"It was actually LSBU's excellent
professional links that led to me having the chance to undertake my placement in
the first place. The concept is for students to undertake voluntary work which
forms part of a new placement module instead of attending lectures. The new module
allows students to gain relevant work experience and then undertake assessed
coursework based on that experience.
"Before I started, we were given an induction
day and assigned mentors to make sure we had a good insight into the nature of
the organisation's work. With that under our belts, we were then allocated to work
at a particular project. Before beginning the placement I wasn't sure exactly
what to expect, but had a really open mind and I was made very welcome by
everyone at the project when I started. During the first few weeks of my time
there, I also kept a diary to help me record my experiences and the things I
I found the placement to be an extremely
useful experience, giving me exposure to a context where some of the
psychological subjects and theories studied on the course at LSBU could be more
real team member
really pleased to have had the opportunity to undertake the work placement and
would definitely recommend it to other students. The staff were very welcoming
and have given me lots of great opportunities to add to my understanding, including
shadowing them at meetings. I've felt like a real team member and not 'just'
the placement student, and working with the people whom the organisation
supports has been very interesting and enjoyable."