The best thing about the placement so far is the amount of responsibility that I’ve been given. Many people hear the word ‘intern’ and instantly think ‘coffee maker’ – I’m far from that! From my point of view, the advantages and benefits of doing a placement year are endless. Not only am I able to get hands on with marketing, but I’m learning about what it’s like to work in an international company. As someone who has always wanted to own their own business I can say that this experience has been invaluable.”
The months leading up to my departure for France I was extremely excited and rarely felt nervous which surprised me. Saying goodbye to my sister at the airport was very hard but as soon as I arrived in Chambery I knew it was where I wanted to be and I have not felt homesick or looked back since. It is the best decision I have ever made, my confidence and independence has grown every day and I have made myself so proud in my abilities to overcome the daily struggles of living abroad.
The best thing about taking a year abroad is meeting other students from every way of life, it makes you realise how big the world is and how you should say yes to every experience possible. My only worry about choosing a year abroad over a placement is having a lack of professional experience after I graduate. However, because of this year I am not sure if I want to continue down the route of my degree, I would love to come back here and become a mountain sport instructor.”