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The Big Move.

By Aug.26, 2013

I’ve decided to use my own wordpress account to blog from now on. I’m hoping that it will be easier to edit and make it look how it want, as well as giving me the opportunity to follow and interact with other blogs.

So from now on, all my posts will be found here:

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It’s been a while!

By Aug.12, 2013

I’ve not been keeping up with my writing recently, on here or in my reflective journal! I’ve still got to write a review on the LAPG conference I went to in June as well.

I am going to try and get re-motivated with everything over the next week! I’ve started a new online Coursera course as well in Social Psychology, so I need to keep up with that, I’m determined to finish this one!

I want to post about my volunteering and paid work, how it’s been going the past month, but I want to put some thought in to the post, so bear with me on that, I will try and get it up tomorrow.

In the mean time, I’m tweeting for @SalfordPsych this week, so follow if you don’t already, and engage with me on there!

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First Day Nerves!

By Jul.14, 2013

I am finally starting my job as a clinical support worker tomorrow. I’m really nervous, having not worked in a hospital environment before, and I have no idea what to expect!

I’m working from 7am to 7.30pm, which I’m happy to be doing as I think I’ll be able to learn quicker on longer shifts.

I don’t have my uniform yet so will be collecting that in the morning as soon as the sewing room opens. I’ll also need to get my ID card from HR. I will try and apply for flexible working when I’m there, so that I can continue to work in neuropsychology every Friday.

I’m enjoying the volunteer AP role, I’ve been given a few tasks to do every week, including an audit, and in the coming weeks one of the full time APs is leaving, so I’ll be able to take on some extra responsibilities whilst they only have 2 APs. I’ve observed one patient’s first appointment too, which was a great experience and I felt like I learnt a lot.

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Waiting for references.

By Jul.03, 2013

What a pain! I think I’ve been waiting for a reference from my previous job for about a month now, and it still isn’t back! Finally got the employment team for the hospital to get one from my dissertation supervisor, but now my new manager has apparently said that doesn’t have enough attendance information on it.

I just want to start! The only good news I’ve had from them so far this week is that as I did a corporate induction in order to start my volunteering job, I don’t need to do another one for my paid job!

I’m going in to be an honorary AP this week again, I haven’t been in around two weeks, after the one day I did, as the timing just wasn’t really right.

This week my supervisor will be in, and she will be in every Friday from now on, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and having a bit more guidance available!

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Missing being a student!

By Jun.27, 2013

Since not having anything university-related to do since handing in my last assignment, and doing my last day at my old job the other week, I’ve been rather bored! I’m not starting my AP post properly until 5th July now, and I don’t even have a start date for my support worker role yet! I’m hoping it will be soon, as I’ll need to start earning money now I’m technically unemployed until I sign my contract!

My boredom has lead me to start exercising properly, and I’m doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred, which is crazy. It feels good to be sore the next day though, because I know I’m doing something right!

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Proud owner of a first class honours degree in Psychology and Counselling Studies.

By Jun.20, 2013

So happy! I did it! Knowing that all my hard work has paid off is extremely satisfying. I don’t think I would have got a first without my high dissertation mark either, so knowing all the stress I had with that was worthwhile is good.

Looking forward to graduation ceremony, graduation parties and a few nights out now to celebrate, although I have to wait until July for all that!

Also looking forward to starting my masters now, and hopefully getting a distinction in that!

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By Jun.03, 2013

A first being the grade I got in my dissertation!!!

Happy beyond belief, I got 79%. Really cannot thank my supervisor enough for the help he gave me, and for the comments he wrote on my draft, as they are what got me there.

If I’ve worked everything out right, if I get over 60 in the one assignment I’m waiting for feedback on, I will have gotten a first overall! Fingers crossed.

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Free at last.

By May.21, 2013

I have finished my undergraduate degree! I just handed in my last assignment for Psychology and Health.

I am super tired and drained, I had an injection and blood tests this morning (well, they tried but apparently my veins were too deep). Now for a nap before I take the dog out!


Epic music.

By May.20, 2013

I’m currently writing an assignment for Psychology and Health on how chronic illnesses can impact upon an individual from a biopsychosocial perspective. It’s a fairly depressing essay as I’ve decided to talk about breast and prostate cancer. I know someone who has just undergone a┬ámastectomy though, so it is interesting to be able to put things into a real-life perspective.

Anyway, to the point of this blog post: epic music. I find that I can’t concentrate if I listen to music with words when I am working, but if I am in a public place such as I am now, in the Clifford Whitworth library, I need music on to drown out the noise of other people sneezing, whispering and munching on crisps.

So I’ve discovered this academic year that I work very well when I’m listening to classical music, in particular songs from epic movies such as the Avengers and Lord of the Rings. For example at the minute I’m listening to the score from Mulan.

What music do you listen to when you’re working or revising? Let me know in the comments!

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Blog entry on SalfordPsych

By May.20, 2013

I wrote a blog for Psychology at Salford, which sums up my reflections on my interviews and the job hunting process, and puts it into tip format!

Go, go, go!

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