Emily – YINI student

Emily completed a Year in Industry (YINI) placement at Babcock Marine where she worked on a pioneering recycling project. After a successful year, Emily went on to receive the YINI National Contribution to the Business Award 2010. Read on to find out what Emily got up to on her placement.

Which post-16 qualifications did you study?

My A-levels were in English Literature, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Philosophy and Ethics.

How did your education help you on your YINI placement?

My Physics and Maths knowledge helped me considerably during my placement, particularly the activity assessments I did which contained a large amount of nuclear physics and maths.

What motivated you to apply for a placement?

I requested a physics placement because that is the degree that I am going to study and I wanted some practical experience before I started.

What did your typical day whilst on your placement involve?

I did 4 different placements and they each entailed different tasks. One was fairly practical and I was on-site regularly going into controlled areas and submarines. Whereas another placement was more desk-based because I was doing a large amount of spreadsheet work on the computer.

What were you most proud of during your placement?

I felt proud that I was regularly mistaken for a graduate because I haven’t started university yet and those people obviously thought I had the necessary knowledge. I was also extremely proud to win the National Contribution to the Business Award this year.

What was the best and worst thing about the experience?

The best thing about my experience was the freedom and responsibility I was given. The worst thing was probably the early starts! But I got used to them eventually.

Did your experiences whilst on your placement change your career ambitions?

Yes. It gave me an insight into business and I discovered talents I didn’t know I had. This made me a lot more confident about looking for a job within the business environment in the future.

What made you decide to go on to study at university?

I wanted to learn more about my chosen subject and felt that a degree would give me a good foundation to start off my chosen career.

What degree are you going to study and why did you choose it?

Physics was my favourite subject at school and I chose this because I can go into so many fields after I graduate because it demands a wide range of skills.

What skills will you take from your placement into university?

Obviously I can take all the knowledge and understanding I’ve learnt this year but I also feel that the confidence that I’ve gained will help me considerably when starting university.

If you could pass on some advice to future students who are given similar opportunities for work placements what would you say to them?

Not to be too intimidated when you start off and make as many contacts as you can.

What did you dream of doing when you were growing up and how has that changed?

When I was younger, I wanted to be something different every week! I think that’s why physics is an appropriate degree for me because I can go into a number of different careers once I’ve graduated.

If you had to describe yourself in 3 words what would they be?

Determined, imaginative, lively.

What do you like to do in your free time when you are not working or studying?

I do ballet and I enjoy working. The rest of my free time I tend to spend socializing.

And finally…looking back over the choices you have made and the opportunities that have been available to you so far regarding your education, would you have done anything differently?

Ideally, I wouldn’t have taken on the task of teaching myself maths A-level in one year whilst working full time. I feel it would have been easier if I’d had just taken it as an A-level option in school.
For more information on the Year in Industry scheme please click here.