I have also volunteered with a student charity while studying, learning teamwork, collaboration and leadership skills.
My involvement in sports (Water Polo and Open Water Swimming) at university lead me take on two different captain roles, through which I learnt how to motivate people, plan ahead, organise logistics for away matches (travel and scheduling) and also successfully ran a £2000 crowdfunding campaign.
All of these experiences and others, as well as my time spent studying have taught me much about myself, what I enjoy doing and how I work best.
For my first placement I am working in NHS England, where I am working with the Patient Choice team in the Personalised Care group, and the aim is to increase patient choice across services and also improve communication with patients about the choices they have or want.
I enjoyed the organisation and in particular leading the team, encouraging my teammates to challenge themselves (i.e. jump and swim in a 12 degree river). It was amazing to see our first swimming of the event jump into the inky black water in Dover at 3am, and then to hear the horn signalling the start of the race between the universities. I enjoyed my one hour of swimming and despite losing to Oxford, I was very proud of the whole team when our last swimmer stood up on French soil.
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