Can’t believe my placement year has come to an end! It’s definitely been a really exciting and great year.
During my second year at university I had my heart set on finding an internship to develop skills which would make me more employable after I graduate. I would definitely recommend doing an internship to anyone who is thinking of doing one. I had a list of things I wanted to get out of a placement year before I even secured a position: I wanted it to be really useful, something that was worth taking a year out of university for and something that would not only prepare me for the ‘real world’ but also help me make a positive contribution to society (working on a strategic theme called ‘Being a Positive Partner in Society’ was my cue to apply).
I also wanted to gain transferable skills that would not only help me with my future career but also help me with my studies. I can happily say that working in the Sustainability Service ticked all the boxes and I got everything out of my placement I wanted to.
As an international student I was amazed by how much the University is doing to promote sustainability and embed it across the whole University.
It’s an amazing team to work with who made me feel welcome from day one. It’s really inspiring to work with people who are this good at and enthusiastic about what they do. If my next workplace will be just half as good as this one, I’ll be happy.
There have been so many highlights of this year it’s hard to pick one but just to mention a few: all the engagement activities we did with IntoUniversity students were great, from fixing bikes with them to talking about the University’s social impact and beyond. Going along to SkyRide and making smoothies with a pedal-powered bike was also great fun, it was great to see so many people on their bikes all across the city.
Another highlight was attending Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s 70th Birthday Celebration with Sir David Attenborough, it was the most inspiring talk I have ever been to. Sir David Attenborough has always been one of my biggest inspirations – his work has been inspiring generations for decades and will continue to do so for a long time, but sitting only a few metres away from him was truly incredible. You can watch a recording of the event via this link.
It was really interesting to update the ‘Living in Leeds’ Guide and consult with various key stakeholders, including community groups, the Police, Leeds City Council, and students. The guide is here to help students settle in to the community and live more sustainably and I’m really looking forward to seeing people reading it around campus!
I’m also looking forward to the University achieving its set goals in terms of sustainability and continue to contribute to it as a student. I think it’s really important to stress that every little contribution helps to achieve the overall goal – to create a more sustainable university.
I’ll really miss working with the team but it’s time to move on now. I would like to thank everyone I worked with and made my year so great.
Good luck to the team and to the new interns – I’m sure you will have a blast working here!