My Final Day

Today was the last day with the education team at Shakespeare Martineau, and I miss it already as I write this last blog entry on the abysmal Virgin Train service to Glasgow Central. Nether the less, onwards and upwards and back on with everyday life.

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For our last day, we decided to get the team a mountain of doughnuts from Greggs, and yes I did use my 50% discount. They seemed very pleased by this gratuitous offering, and it was cake for breakfast for the lot.

Today was very relaxed, and involved some research on the use of reasonable force (and we’re still not sure what is reasonable). It had seemed that a client had got themselves tangled in the legal twines of the common law that forms reasonable force. What exactly can a security guard do to remove a trespasser on the campus, and how would you identify a person as a trespasser?

Anyway, the day was also supplemented with regurgitating more regulations which constantly cripple and crush the management of higher education institutions. So that was very interesting.

We were diverted from the office to a Chinese restaurant for lunch. This was to celebrate our colleague’s birthday, whom has been a longstanding centre stone to the functioning of the education team. Lunch was on the head of the team, who we (unfortunately) only had the chance to spend the last day with. This was such a generosity and it was lovely to see the team out of the office as themselves.

It was a farewell to the team at five o’clock, and I will miss them so! They have been so kind and friendly to have us work in their team, keeping us on our toes. I just hope that they read this blog so they can appreciate how proud I am to have worked amongst them all.

Reflecting on my professional development, I feel more prepared for the obstacles I face on the path to academia. More importantly, now that I have a vision of where I expect to be in the medium term, I feel more secure about the profession I hope to enter. I am excited for the future and have the ambition I need to smash my way through the second year!

I hope you all found my posts useful, and (if applicable) I hope that you all have a fantastic time on your future vacation schemes, as did I.

With special thanks to Sheehan, Geraldine, Zoë, Karen, Smita, Joanna and Daniel.

Apologies for the delayed publication #SHMA

Birmingham is MASSIVE

Yesterday was absolute chaos, my train was diverted twice and thus had to change at Preston and Crewe; typical. But I have finally arrived in Birmingham, and I never knew just how large it actually is. My assumption was based on the fact that Manchester and London are the main economic ‘power houses’, but this is simply not true. When I left the train station with heaps of luggage for this one week, I got lost on Navigation Street (irony) while trying to find my lodgings for the evening.

So when I got back and unpacked, me and Alex (a friend from the course also doing the same placement) went out to find somewhere to get a pint in. We stumbled across this very decadent establishment, which charged £5 for a pint of Estrella!

It’s now morning and I feel energetic and ready to start my first day at Shakespeare Martineau! #SHMA

Vacation Scheme with Shakespeare Martineau

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I plan to keep a regular diary of my time there, and you can follow my updates by searching the tag #SHMA here on my blog. Unfortunately the posts will be very brief as I will be bound by client confidentiality. I hope that you guys can join me on this experience!

Wish me luck! 🙂