In order to gain experience working with Children I did two weeks work experience at First Steps Nursery in Merstham. The experience was much more emotional than I was expecting and also made me question early years education in England. I discuss these topics in the following clip.

 
I have recently started a Teaching English as a Second Language course. I took this course because the qualification offers me the opportunity to travel and earn money at the same time. However, I have encountered a number of obstacles whilst completing the course, In this clip I tell my tutor about some of the difficulites I have faced.

 
In order to improve my oral communication I have been working at a local radio station called Susy FM 103.4 as a news reporter. As a result of this work experience I have developed a greater interest in radio broadcasting and I have had an opportunity to improve both my spoken presentation and written communication. I feel also that I have been able to network with people who will help me in finding further opportunities in radio broadcasting. Here I am speaking to my mentor about the experience.
Here is a clip of me presenting the news
 
As a reach the end of my experience I need to reflect on my learning and development over the past year. This conversation with my mentor is the first time I have reflected on my overall development in my first year at university.

CONVERSATION WITH MY MENTOR
 
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During my easter holidays I performed in a production of Lysistrata, a production which was a collaberation between the Univesity theatre group and a professional theatre group, I learnt many things during this process.






CONVERSATION WITH MY MENTOR

 
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Part of my time during first year was spent trying to do activities that may assist me in my future career. I have begun to consider broadcasting as a possible career path and have become a reporter for the university newspaper in order to gain experience in media.



CONVERSATION WITH MY MENTOR

 
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One of the goals in my personal development plan is to maintain and improve my sense of wellbeing but what do I understand by this? I participated in a Lifewide Education survey and interview which helped me reflect on and explain my understandings.

I think of wellbeing as being healthy and looking after yourself.  I mean not just my physical wellbeing, like eating healthy, doing exercise, looking after yourself, but also my mental wellbeing, I think it is important to try to get a balance in life, so that mentally you’re fine, you’re not over stressed or over worked or anything like that. So for me wellbeing is about seeking a balance in life. Having said this when I completed the questionnaire for the survey it made me realise that it involves lots of other things.


WELLBEING SURVEY QUESTIONAIRE

DISCUSSION OF WELLBEING WITH MY MENTOR
 
I have begun to write for the student newspaper at university, in writing for the newspaper I have developed my writing skills, as well as my skills at interviewing. I started writing for Impact in the hope in would improve my job prospects for a career in new media.
 
Following my return to University after Christmas, I joined several new societies, one of these was an Improvisation society, I also Participated in a Performance of Lytistrata in the hope it would provide me with a creative outlet.
 
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