I really enjoyed this insight! I felt like I really expanded on my knowledge and skills of the specific area where I was working. I feel like the experience I have gained during this four week insight visit will definitely benefit me in my future career. I have also built up my confidence a lot. In the four short weeks I was there, I became really comfortable and familiar with the working day and when it was time to leave, I didn't want to go!
During my time on this insight visit, I felt really valued by all members of staff. If at any point I felt unsure of what I was doing or needed any help with something, I felt very comfortable enough to ask for help. I also gelt really supported in my learning and the staff there were very keen for me to get involved in all the learning opportunities available to me, which was really nice!
When I first began my insight, I had a very thorough orientation and was shown where everything was and was told the routine of different staff members throughout the day, as well as what I would be responsible for doing. Each shift I would be told where I would be working for the day and I would be given the appropriate amount of support and guidance. If I was asked to do something I had not done before, I was given plenty of support to be able to do it.
All of the skills I developed and the information I received during this insight will definitely assist me in my degree studies and beyond! The place where I did my insight, I am considering working in this setting in the future. The insight was very useful in giving me an idea of what I would be doing in my future job role and what the daily work routine would be. Before my insight I didn't know what to expect, but now I definitely know working in this area is for me.
Overall, the insight was very well structured. Each shift was different and I was working with different patients and various members of the multidisciplinary team (MDT). I was able to practice different skills and visit different areas of te workplace, learning the roles of different staff members. I felt like every shfit I completed, I learnt something new. I feel like the staff really planned for my visit to the area and wanted to aid my learning however they could.
I found all of the staff I came into contact with on my insight really friendly and willing to help, which definitely contributed to making the atmosphere a really positive one! The work atmosphere was very positive and I felt comfortable and supported at all stages of my insight. If I encountered any problems, I knew that I would be able to discuss them with any member of staff without any issue. I never had any issue with any members of staff or any other issues relating to the work atmosphere.
In terms of personal training and development, I would say the company really invested in me. Different members of staff took time out of their day to support my learning and I felt really appreciated, especially as a student only there for a short amount of time! No questions were too silly and any quesitons I had, staff were happy to answer and anything we did together, they checked my understanding to make sure I understood why we did what we did.
The insight really helped me to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company. Once I have finished my degree and qualified as a nurse, if I were to get a job in this setting I feel like I have a really good idea of what this owuld involve. I got to see what the routine of a nurse working in this area consists of, on morning, afternoon, long days or night shifts.
I felt like the insight really did help me in understand the company culture. In the work setting, the different members of staff really collaborated and worked well together, respecting their different strengths and weaknesses. The whole team were really friendly and they seemed to have a really positive work culture. This is the kind of team I would definitely like to be a part of in the future! No matter their role, different members of staff were happy to listen to different opinions to their own and respect every other member of the tea mand their thoughts before making any decisions.
The content of this insight was very valuable in helping me to decide on my future career path! Before this insight, I did not know if I would like a job in this specific area or not. However, my insight really reassured me that this would be the right path for me and if I decided to work in this area, I would definitely be well supported! Everything I did during this insight visit was definitely valuable.
No, I was not paid or reimbursed expenses for this experience. I did not have the opportunity to be paid. Expenses such as travel allowance and accommodation allowance would have been reimbured if the trip exceeded my usual mileage from my house to university. However, as this workplace was closer to my house than my university campus, I was not able to have my expenses reimbursed. I did not mind this though as I thoroughly enjoyed my experience here!
Yes, there were lots of different opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company during this insight visit. I met and worked with plenty of different members of the multidisciplinary team (MDT) during my time there and gained an in depth understanding of what their different job roles consist of. I worked with health care assistants (HCAS), nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and many more members of the team that work there.
I networked with lots of different members of staff and everyone seemed interested to know who I was and what I would like to do in the future. At the end of my insight visit, one of the sisters who I worked with quite a lot during my time there said that once I have finished my degree and am a qualified nurse, they would love me! This was lovely to hear and if I go back in the future, I am sure they will all remember me,
Yes, I found out quite a bit about the different activites that employees can get involved in outside of work. This information is signposted across the offices and breakrooms and it seems like there are a wide range of opportunities available to employees. I feel like if I enquired about all the different activites available to employees outside of work, I would be given even more information than what was already signposted to me and what we happened to come across in conversation.
Yes, I would 100% recommend this insight visit to a friend! The knowledge, skills and experience I have gained during this insight visit are invaluable! In the short space of four weeks, I felt like I have learnt so much and have really gotten to know the daily routine, as well as the patients I worked with and the different members of staff. Each day while I was working here was different and no two days were the same!
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Medical/Health, Social Work
29th August 2020