Hi, I’m Jill and I’m talking to you from the University of Derby in the atrium. I’m doing the education studies degree with the TESOL pathway and I had to do a compulsory placement along with my degree. So I put a lot of thought into what I wanted, and I decided to make this placement work for me on a personal level as well as for it to run alongside my degree and benefit my degree at the end. One of the things I thought about was whatever I did on my placement, I could add to my CV. That helped me to think of it as a good challenge. When you’re doing your placement you learn lots of things that initially you probably done even think about. I know I didn’t. Some of the things that you learn are self development and new awareness and perceptions. You’re meeting lots of professionals along the way when you work in a placement, and everybody wants to help a student. It’s a win-win situation and you’re networking as well as making new friends along the way. It really does add to the value of your degree. And when you go into the lecture every week your lecturer asks you- “Hey, how’s your placement going, how do you think it’s going for you? Do you think it’s working. Do you want to stay there? Would you like to change placements?” and it’s all in your hands. So you’re also learning about self management as well, and what’s right for you and what works for you and what doesn’t work you in a work placement. so whatever you choose to do, whatever reasons you’re choosing a placement for, just also be open-minded about it. Because you have no idea how this can open up your life and broaden your horizons.