New Year… New Me
02 Feb 2017
Another quick round up of life since my last blog! My EGA assignments are complete and I’ve even received my PGCert Certificate in the post, another scheme qualification ticked off! I’ve passed all my CIPFA examinations to date and will start my next set of Lectures towards the end of this week. December was a very busy month for me with work, exams, ALS, Experiential Learning, a trip to the big apple, as well as all the usually festivities and parties that Christmas has to offer.
Our ALS’s seem to be flying by. In our latest group meet up we found ourselves in Birmingham mid-December while the Christmas markets were in full flow. Having seen the set-up of the markets during our revision time for CIPFA exams last year it was great to be there while they were mid flow. Arriving the night before I managed to enjoy some of the festive food and drink as well as the ice skating rink that was set up outside. Our ALS’s have now started to flow more efficiently and one member of the team even took the facilitator role with great success. It’s great to see the teams development and in particular for myself to hear some feedback regarding flexi placements.
Following a day in Birmingham my next day of the week was spend at my favorite Wallacespace for another Experiential Learning event. This time it focused on patient journeys and we were fortunate enough to meet patients and hear their stories. It was inspiring to hear how they had overcome their own individual problems, one of the ladies we spoke too had taken up running and even completed several marathons.
I have to say as the clock started to tick during our Experiential Learning event my mind started to drift to my first holiday since starting the scheme. I finished up in London and following a reception of mulled wine really did skip home in excitement for my flight to New York the next day. Having not had the opportunity to take a full week of annual leave since starting the scheme due to lectures and other commitments I strongly encourage those on the finance stream to really make the most of the opportunity when you can. Should you choose New York in December make sure you bring multiple layers with you! I had an absolutely brilliant time, even braving a run in Central Park in the blistering wind! With flexi, lectures and other scheme events taking up a lot of time it’s crazy to think I won’t get a full week off for a while so I’m planning my next adventure for December 2017!
The big focus for the 2015 finance trainees at the moment is finding a flexi placement. This is our opportunity to go outside the NHS and see how a different company works, providing us with a different perspective to bring back after an 8 week internship style role. Unfortunately due to a hospital stay I was unable to sit one of my exams in November so will be juggling my flexi placement search with revision and I have to say what feels like learning PSFR from the start again! At the moment it’s a lot of emailing and explaining what I’m asking for to places, my initial thought that I would offer myself out as a free worker for 8 weeks and be spoilt for choice is slipping away quickly!
Finally as a second year on the scheme we are assigned buddies. Myself and another trainee in the East of England share a buddy in the year below us and last Friday we invited Simon to visit us in Chelmsford to see what life was like on the scheme. The day had a very relaxed format with a lot of room for questions and answers. It was fantastic to see that some of our feedback was now being used to improve the scheme for those in the year below us and I think Simon went away with many of his questions answered and some food for thought to bring back to the office to ensure he makes the most of the rest of his first placement.
Reflecting to the title of the post and what I have discussed I think New Year new me, terribly cheesy slogan as it is, really does reflect the position the finance trainees are now in. We are now well settled into a role, have completed the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson program and are on the search for a flexi placement which will hopefully help in shaping our career’s going forwards. Let’s see what 2017 has to offer!
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