I chose to study Psychology at Brunel for its unique placement opportunities, and graduated with a first. I completed my first placement at the Institute of Psychiatry in London as a research assistant, while for my second placement I worked as a Therapeutic Care Worker in a psychiatric rehabilitation hospital. Working alongside clinical psychologists, experienced nurses and psychiatrists in the 24-hour care of vulnerable adults with mental health problems at the hospital was an extremely fulfilling experience.
Through my two placements I developed a keen interest in schizophrenia, and I subsequently chose to investigate lay perceptions of the disorder for my dissertation. Furthermore, with the support of my dissertation supervisor, Professor Taeko Wydell, I have since managed to get my dissertation project published in the science journal, PLoS ONE. I plan to develop my career in clinical psychology/psychiatry and have been working toward this goal.