There are loads of reasons to choose Brunel: the impressive courses, the extensive social opportunities, and sporting facilities. When I was looking at different universities and researching courses, Brunel stood out to me. I thought the psychology course included a wide range of interesting modules from Brain and Cognition, to Social Psychology. Additionally, the campus is very lively and there are numerous societies and sports clubs to join.
I started out at Brunel doing a standard three-year Psychology course. However, I changed to the four-year thin sandwich course because I saw that it had good prospects. Seeing as I am interested in several aspects of psychology - mostly psychotherapy - having the option to do two placements is very practical as I can grasp what I am good at and what I enjoy. Moreover, I believe having work experience will be a great asset when looking for graduate jobs after graduation.
I am currently on placement at HAGAM, a service for addiction management, which focuses on drug and alcohol misuse. My role on placement is volunteer project worker. This means I help co-facilitate the different group projects that range from acupuncture, to the allotment group to yoga. Additionally, I am able to shadow key working sessions, so I have visuals on one to one sessions with clients. As a project worker, event planning also comes under my role. I have put together different awareness visits to the local colleges and to Brunel, including ‘Stoptober’, National Alcohol Awareness Week, and Healthy Lifestyle event. Another role I have is being part of the outreach team.
What I have liked most about the placement is that I have many opportunities to have actual interaction with the clients. Also, being in a work environment is very good insight into what employment may be like when I finish university.