Reflections of a Placement Year

Reflections of a Placement Year

This post is long overdue as I’ve had a short break exploring Budapest and turning 21 but my time as a Marketing Intern has come to an end and I’m no longer a placement year student but finally a third year student (after summer)!

As I mentioned in my previous blog post Thoughts on a Placement Year (so far) back in March time, my placement year didn’t turn out how I expected it to in the very beginning and I thought about not going through with my placement year at all and just carrying onto third year. I think it’s easy to want to give up when everything is going wrong and seems overwhelming but I’m so glad that I carried on with my placement year with the support of my family and friends.

It’s been a challenging year in lots of ways – on a personal level rather than a professional one. I found it hard not seeing my friends everyday, moving back home where not a lot goes on and not feeling as independent as I was at university as well as feeling caught between being a student and an ‘adult’ and other general BS that people tried to throw my way. Change can be hard at first but I think a large part of that is down to not knowing how things will turn out and I’m fortunate enough to be in a position in my life where I can afford to take risks even if they fail.

This year has made me grow up in a lot of ways, which I guess is a large part of university anyway, but I am definitely not the same person I was 12/13 months ago. I’m a lot more confident now, I don’t care as much about what other people think of me (literally this is one of the best things I’ve learnt: the less you care what others think, the more freedom you have to pursue the things you want) and I just feel happier and inspired in myself in general.

My placement year allowed me to find out what I’m passionate about and now I know what I want to do when I graduate next year, which is also great as now I have some more long-term goals that I can work towards! Experiencing a marketing department, especially as small as the one I was interning in, enabled me to experience a range of marketing – finding out my strengths and weaknesses in different areas, tackling problems from a different point of view and being given the freedom to explore my creativity.

Being a bit introverted (ISFJ personality to be exact from the Myers-Briggs personality tests my course took as part of our assignment in first year) I sometimes find it hard meeting new people and making new friends but this year I’ve met such great, supportive and loving people who I’m going to be friends with in the years to come and who I’ve learnt a great deal from.

I wouldn’t have been able to progress in my internship as much as I did without the help and encouragement of my mentor and marketing team. Being a part of a team where creativity and ideas are celebrated and developed is something I wouldn’t have received at my first or second internship that I did, and our inspiration meetings made me realise how important it is to remain inspired – especially working in an industry like marketing.

Life is all experience and I feel like my placement year managed to hand me a fair chunk of it in such a short amount of time where I learnt much more than just work experience but more about myself.

Parting thoughts: you can read more about my placement year and interning blog posts here

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