I’ve spent the last 4 months working in a field relevant to my degree as part of my uni course, and to summarise, it’s not easy. In fact, it’s emotionally, physically, and socially draining. Whether you’re thinking of doing a work placement or currently doing one and need something to cry about, here are the 5 stages will inevitably go through:
You’ve started your placement, and it’s a shock to the system, so denial kicks in. You pretend you’re waking up to the 9am lecture you sleep in anyway to ease yourself into the early starts. You sit on the bus to work in your pressed black trousers and rigid shirt and chant “I am a student, I am a student.”
It finally hits you that you will be waking up at 6 every day instead of midday with a hangover. This angers you. “WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?” you yell at yourself in the mirror whilst trying to figure out what counts as “smart casual” attire. The worst part is, you only have yourself to blame.
So you can’t change the position you’re in, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it more bearable. So you bargain; “I’ll never drink again as long as I never have to lead a work team meeting”,”I promise I’ll turn vegan if I never have to look at an office photocopier again.” The bargains are endless and impossible. You will offer your soul to the devil as long as he makes the year fly-by with no problems or stressors.
You still have no idea why there are seven printers. Every day blends into one. You eat too many Gregg’s steak bakes on the way home from the office to inject a little excitement into your journey – maybe you’ll get a chicken bake next time, shake things up a bit. Of an evening, you use that ‘so-last-year’ app Dubsmash to make videos of yourself to amuse your best friend – because somebody might as well be happy.
If all else fails, you may as well think of the positives. A work placement will boost your C.V. and get that job or postgrad course. Sure, it may not exactly be titillating, but it’s rewarding. At the end of it all, you’ll head back to student life with a taste of the knowledge that comes with adulthood and no one can take that away from you.