All entries for January 2014

January 23, 2014

It's strange to have a change…....

Hi everyone,

I thought I would do a little update with how things are going with my placement now that I'm nearly halfway through the 6 week journey.

I think so far my feelings about it all have been 50/50. On the one hand, I'm excited to be doing something different, in a new environment with new people and learning new skills. It's also a compliment to have been given responsibility for working on a project and being heavily involved in all aspects - the paperwork, recruiting people, gathering equipment, doing visits and data recording. The other half is slightly nervous about all the responsibility, apprehensive about how different things are and how much I have to learn and about the point where I am left to conduct visits on my own!

All in all, I have been enjoying my time here though. It's nice to do something different aside from my PhD project and to be given the opportunity to learn new things in a new environment. Hopefully, with a few more visits for the study I can start to feel more comfortable about doing them, making going it alone easier!

So now it's just a case of getting on with things, hoping for the best and waiting to see the results of the project I'm working on!

January 10, 2014

Stepping into the unknown…....

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year! Since my last blog in November, things have been a bit hectic! I spent the few weeks running up to Christmas frantically trying to get some lab work done and attending and presenting at a conference all whilst trying to organise work experience with my PhD industrial partner.

Finally, it was time for a break and I loaded my car up and went to visit my family in Ireland for Christmas week. The time there flew by and before I knew it, I was back home and on the countdown to starting my work experience. Now, with one week nearly done and five more to go, I'm starting to settle in at my placement, get to know who everyone is, what they do and how everything works on a daily basis. I'm also trying to get to grips with a new project and working with a new boss!

All in all, the new year so far has already had a lot of new experiences and challenges in it for me and though I'm still apprehensive and nervous about the project I have to work on, I'm excited to be doing something different and also proud of the independence I have developed, as I think this placement would've been far more stressful and difficult for me to cope with at the start of the PhD.

So, as I finish my first week, I encourage you all to take a chance. If you don't have a go at doing something, you won't know if you like it! Plus, the best way to learn how to become independent is to put yourself in a situation where you have to be!

All the best for 2014 guys!

January 2014

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