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Service Manager, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS trust

I feel that University was a life changing experience for me, I think it completely reformed my outlook on life and made me realise that anything is possible.

My favourite memories from my time at Leeds Trinity

The best memories from University have to be the friends I met along the way. Before I came to University, people would always say to me, you meet your lifelong friends at University, which I was a little sceptical about. Little did I know that this would become exactly the case. You meet the most diverse groups of people, which end up being the friends who make you belly laugh every single day. This is what made University life for me, the crazy student nights out and the days after the nights before (obviously whilst still studying hard!).

Getting more than a degree

Personally, I feel that University was a life changing experience for me, I think it completely reformed my outlook on life and made me realise that anything is possible when I put my mind to it - no goal I set is unrealistic. I realised quickly that when you move away to University, you are very much independent in all aspects of life, this is one thing that I loved.

I understood that to do well, I had to motivate myself to study and to use my tutors for help as much as I could, which can be a difficult trait to maintain (when you haven’t got your parents to get you out of bed in the morning!). It was hard work, but so worth staying that extra hour in the library every other day to achieve my degree. I also improved my culinary skills, I can now make a cracking roast dinner

My career after graduating

Towards the end of University, I started to look for potential career opportunities. I was never sure about what specific job would be the right one for me, but I always had a keen interest in the Healthcare sector. It was at this point when I started looking at the NHS job site for any opportunities which I thought sounded interesting and I thought I would enjoy.

My advice to current students

One piece of advice that I would give, is to always go that extra mile in every aspect of your career. If you have applied for a job, that’s great, but a question I would ask would be what else are you going to do to show the employer that you are the perfect person for that job? Are you going to call the employer to discuss things further? Are you going to arrange an informal meeting with the employer? It’s about showing your enthusiasm and convincing the employer that they need you on their team. Always have confidence in yourself, and a smile never goes a miss.