Next Wednesday is my last day of Work Experience in the Chemistry Department at NUI Maynooth. Over the past nine weeks, I've had some amazing experiences, met a lot of new people, learnt to adjust to a new environment and finally got a taste of the world of work. For Junior Cert, I was science mad and enjoyed it thoroughly. By doing a science-related Work Experience I learnt what Chemistry was like at third level and it helped shape my view towards choosing Science as a sector to have a career in when I'm older. I really enjoyed it, but I'm not too sure if it's for me. I'm going to do my next two Work Experience placements in careers which I'm also interested in, as it's enjoyable if you have a passion for it.
This is why Work Experience is so important and useful, as it gives you a taste of what the career is like, and it helps to shape your view towards it. I have met a lot of new people in my Work Experience, and it has thought me to not be afraid of new people and places, and to make the most of new opportunities which I'm given. I'm really looking forward to my next Work Experience placements and I'm truly glad that we're doing Work Experience as part of our Transition Year Programme.
For people who are interested in science, I would definitely recommend going to NUI Maynooth Chemistry department as you perform experiments and learn a lot about Chemistry. You get the opportunity to meet a lot of lovely people, and to get a taste of what college life is like. :)