Sarah Brill

Sarah BrillDegree: BSc Mathematics with Employment Experience

"For my placement year I worked for NHS England as an Operational Research Analyst. It was a challenging year but I would recommend a year of employment experience to anyone.

"I was really nervous when I first started and didn't have a clue what I was doing. But everyone was really friendly and helpful and my line manager ensured I received the training I needed. Soon I was given my own projects to complete, as well as working with team members on collective projects.

"I learnt so many transferable skills from doing this and my confidence grew significantly. I am so glad that I took the year because as well as teaching me the skills I need to go into a graduate job, it has also given me perspective on my strengths and weaknesses and what kind of job I would be suited to.

"I had support from my managers at work and staff at the University, so if there were any problems they were easily sorted. I am now much more confident when applying for jobs and I have been much more productive in my final year of university as I know how to manage my time."

Placement years and employment experience