A Busy Few Months
04 Nov 2016
It’s been a busy few months so this is my first blog in a while. Since my last blog I’ve attended my second revision session, sat my exams and had my results, submitted 7 EGA assignments (3 for module 2 and 4 for module 3!) on top of attending my 3rd experiential event, and most importantly moved to my second placement. Outside of work I’ve had a fair few bank holidays to enjoy alongside a trip to Dublin, a weekend in Centre Parcs, a family weekend away, and V festival all in what feels like the least sunny summer I’ve had in a while!
The process of moving to my second placement took slightly longer than expected and I only had confirmation of where I would be going to approximately 2 weeks before moving. During those 2 weeks I also had 3 essay hand in’s for EGA (Elizabeth Garrett Anderson) and my 2 CIPFA exams so it was certainly a busy time! Fortunately I knew my move would be closer to home so unlike others didn’t have to worry about relocating etc. I will spend rest of my time on the scheme (minus my flexi placement) at Mid Essex CCG. I think the most important thing with the move was ensuring the workload/study/other scheme commitments balance. This is something I think a lot of the finance trainees struggled with during their first placements as our lecture commitments took us out of office a lot more than we or our placement managers originally envisaged. We were often left with a lot of free time due to a struggle to assign an appropriate work load which wasn’t productive for either party. I met with my new placement manager and highlighted my timetable (as it stood at the time!) so that we could ensure workloads around other commitments.
What has probably turned out to be a positive was a further email to state that our lecture timetable had changed from what we were originally sent! This time round we have been given the opportunity to attend face to face lectures at our nearest CIPFA education center. For me this is a 30 minute train into London which is perfect. Most of the trainees in London and the surrounding areas have taken up the opportunity to attend face to face lectures and we are all much happier with the quality of delivery. While it does feel like going back to school, backpack and all entering the classroom, having the teacher in front of you to ask questions to and work through questions with is certainly a lot better for our learning style.
Our 3rd Experiential event took us back to a Wallacespace, my new favorite venue due to the copious amounts of sweets and drinks available as well as some of the tastiest lunches we have be treated to during our time on the scheme. Without giving too much away the 2 day workshop focused on human factors and had us completing a group task during the second day based around a real life story we had viewed earlier on in the day. I thoroughly enjoyed both days as I feel it allows us to practice skills that due to our current experience level within the finance world of the NHS we would not otherwise be exposed to. I think these days are very important as they not only bring your focus back to patients rather than getting carried away with your day to day job but are also a lovely opportunity to catch up with your peers and find out how their individual placements are going too.
Looking forward to the next few months or so I will have my results from our final EGA assignments, having done an economics degree which was very much math’s focused it is a shock to the system having to put so many words on paper to submit rather than finding x so I’ll be glad to only have my accountancy exams to focus on.. well that and the day job! Towards the end of this month I have my next ALS meeting and have already started my 3rd set of CIPFA lectures, this time we will be sitting 3 exams in Public Sector Financial Reporting, Corporate Governance and Law and Business Change Management during the Nov/Dec period. I’ll also be picking up a more regular workload at my second placement now I have settled in an observed/assisted with many of the processes.
It’s mad to think this time last year I was enjoying my time in California before starting the scheme, with the British weather keeping its reputation and giving us a June like November, the 40 degree highs of California couldn’t seem further away!
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