πŸ₯ My Final Placement πŸ₯

πŸ₯ My Final Placement πŸ₯

Being on placement is one of the best parts of studying a postgraduate degree at the University of Plymouth, because it really allows you to apply what you have learned in the class room to a real word environment. After my placement with the learning disability team and the charity for the refugees, I was very eager to find out where my final placement would be.

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πŸ’­ Considering Postgraduate Study πŸ’­

πŸ’­ Considering Postgraduate Study πŸ’­

About eighteen months ago, I raised a few people’s eyebrows by announcing my decision to leave the marketing sector to become an occupational therapist. It was not an easy decision, as it involved parting from a full-time job, taking out additional student loan, and being fully committed to academic study at postgraduate level. Making such a decision was not something that I was going to take it lightly, and at times, it was a bit overwhelming. Nonetheless, I did a simple mind-mapping exercise and it really helped me to have the clarity that I needed. If you are considering doing a postgraduate degree, I hope you will find this blog post useful.

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πŸ“ My Placement with START (Students and Refugees Together) πŸ“

πŸ“ My Placement with START (Students and Refugees Together) πŸ“

Nine weeks ago, I started my second placement with a Plymouth based charity called START (Student and Refugees Together). Nine weeks later, I am speechless as to how much I have changed. Truth be told, I did not have the best beginning of this placement, I was questioning whether START would provide me with the opportunity to develop the skills as a competent occupational therapist. Thankfully, I was wrong about that.

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🀝 Occupational Therapists Working With Margins 🀝

🀝 Occupational Therapists Working With Margins 🀝

I began my occupational therapy training with a single vision, to make a difference to people’s lives. Without a lot of insight of what it actually means, I had it in my mind that my role is simply to help others to participate in what is meaningful to them. If a person has a disability, whether it is a physical or learning type of disability, I will help them to overcome it as much as we can together. Through my learning in occupational science, I got to understand the importance of β€˜occupation’, how essential it is to the people’s everyday life and the role of occupational therapist. However, after attending a very special conference about occupational therapy, I no longer believe I understood it all.

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😊 How I Settled Into University 😊

😊 How I Settled Into University 😊

Settling in a new place is never an easy thing, and for a lot of us, moving away from home and trying to adjust to a new learning environment is challenging. When I looked back to the time I first came to Plymouth, I was as nervous as an eight week old hamster that had just left the pet shop for the first time. So, if you are feeling the same as me (not the hamster), I can certainly understand that. Which is why I am going to share a few things with you, and hopefully, it gives you some ideas how to make the University of Plymouth, the city and its surrounding like a new home to you.

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