The Last Day!

Hello my fellow bloggers!


Long time no see my blogging buds. How are you? How are things?

I have been focusing on my work recently as I approach my final day of placement. Apologies for my absence. If you have been with me since I started this journey you’ll know that I have been working for a year now within my industry as part of my university course. If not then go back and read my other posts c’mon!

So…my last day is fast approaching and then I am free for 3 months to do as I please…(within reason).

What would you do if you had 3 months absolutely free at your disposal?

One of my main plans is to get back into the gym and do a bit of swimming in the hope of getting back in shape ready for the start of university again. I am someone who suffers from hyper mobility/hyper extension of the joints or the slang term, ‘double jointed’. This has limited my ability and performance when it comes to training in the gym. If you don’t know what this is, I’ll briefly explain as simply as I can. So like the name states, I have more mobility in my joints than that of a ‘regular’ person. For example, I am able to bend my thumb all the way back to touch my arm, and when I stand If I push my knees backwards my legs will curve as if I’m facing the wrong way. This may look cool and be a little party trick to show your friends, but it can be quite painful at times. I am unable to squat due to my knee becoming weaker making it almost impossible to push myself back up. Obviously this is dangerous with a big weight on my shoulders so I try to avoid that.

However, I am interested and excited to adapt my work outs so I can work just as hard to achieve the best results. One thing I refuse to do is give up and become lazy. Adaptability is essential in all walks of life which has been more than apparent to me this year. From working full-time to tackling my health hurdles, I have made it to the end and given myself the best opportunity and boost in my career. Now I can focus on my life in a different way and I look forward to seeing how I can be the best version of myself.

Hurdles come in a variety of heights, sometimes they get bigger before we reach the end, but finding your way over them is a process well worth putting your all into.

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I’m Still Alive!

Good morning fellow bloggers!


If you have been following me since the beginning you would have possibly noticed I haven’t been as active as I was recently. Nothing bad has been going on I’ve just been extremely busy balancing my university deadlines whilst working on placement.

You see, It’s not enough that the uni want us to take a year out working, but we also have to complete a multitude of assignments to prove we have successfully complete it. I’m going to write a quick list of everything I’ve had to include in this just so you can understand my pain:

  • Pre-placement CV
  • Post-placement CV
  • Post and pre placement CV review
  • Weekly logs since the start of my year out (45 so far)
  • 1 weekly log in the form of a video
  • 3000 work placement report
  • 15 minute presentation about placement
  • Performance matrix’s from both myself and my supervisor (2 each)
  • Induction checklists
  • Record of formal training

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So…as you can see I have had a lot of things to be getting on with the past few weeks so I’ve not had the time to write many/any blog posts. After my submission which will hopefully be next week, I can get back into writing. I can’t wait to be free of this year guys, I have lots of things to talk about in the coming weeks (very exciting), keep watching this space!

 

Not Everyone’s Perfect!

Good morning fellow bloggers!


I apologise to all that care for my absence over the last few days, I have had a lot of busy days at work leaving me with little to no free blogging time.

HOWEVER, I’M BACK B****ES!


So here we go. I wanted to let you all in on something that really affected me before I started my year out work placement last July. For some it may not seem like a huge thing, but for me it was an extremely low point in my journey.


January of last year, whilst I was still at university, I had a few exams coming up which of course I was naturally dreading. Now, I have never been someone who is naturally good at exams and my memory just doesn’t have the capacity to hold a lot of information at one time. I try so so hard to study, revise and prep my work during semesters, never-the-less, I still tend to struggle.

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Anyway…my Construction Law exam was fast approaching and with an average 60% fail rate I was not feeling positive to put it nicely. My head was like a sieve, in one ear and dropping straight through and out the other. I had generally been quite lucky in my course with most of my assignments being coursework based.

My best friend, course mate and I would get together to revise for these exams; trying to give hints, tips and test each other. This helps to a certain extent, but my attention span is one of a gold-fish… I am yet to find the best strategy for revision that suites my brain and learning style...(help is always accepted)!

So…the exam finally came which was followed by the horrible, anxiety filled wait for the results. As soon as I came out of the exam I was not confident what so ever, my answers could’ve been written by a primary school child and achieved the same grade I was expecting.


As results day arrived, to my dismay…I had failed…

GUTTING! If any of you have ever experienced failure in anything you’ll know that sinking, sickening feeling that instantly makes you feel like you have nowhere to turn. I felt as though I had failed myself and my life was over!

A big part of second year at university is that if you wanted to go on a year out work placement you HAD to pass everything by the end of the final semester. I was put in for a retake which was a few months down the line. However, I had to secure a placement with a company before knowing whether or not I had even passed my exam…(Terrifying)

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The only way I could deal with that is to try my hardest to secure a placement, to achieve the best I can in the rest of my assignments and to do all I can in the re-sit when It comes around.


Obviously, as I am now on placement I secured a job with a practice, however, my re-sit was to be after I started working…nightmare to be honest. Luckily, my bosses were very understanding and were completely fine with me taking the day to take said exam.

Anyway, lets fast forward…the day of my results finally came to which I was delighted to see that I had passed with flying colours and could carry on with my year! Some of the best news I’d received all year!


What I’m trying to say is that if you are like me and have to try a lot harder than others to achieve the same outcome then don’t panic. I could not face having to do my second year again and I never want to face this failure again.

How will I make sure I don’t have to put myself through this for the second time?

By putting my all into studying, finding the right method that suites me and making sure I am strict with myself will make all the difference to my work next year. Since working in a real practice I can sit back and take a look at my past and see where changes need to be made. Not only this, but my maturity, knowledge and attitude to work has been moulded and will benefit me greatly in the future.


 

Moral: We all hit bumps in the road and how we deal with getting over those bumps is a reflection of how much you want to succeed.