My Internship Experience: Destiny Kumari

Posted on: 31 March 2022 by Samantha Riella in Student experiences

Student Destiny Kumari tells us about her internship as a Support Worker.

Introduce yourself!

Hi my name is Destiny Kumari and I study Psychology. I think the course has offered a very broad range of topics within psychology which has really helped students find their path (strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes) to shape their career being fully informed. I am interested in clinical psychology and although there is only one module on Clinical Psychology, I have enjoyed health related modules and wider modules such as social psychology which I could then apply clinical knowledge to.

Where was your internship and what did you do?

My internship was as a support worker. I have provided 24-hour support for clients who have a range of mental and physical health needs. I completed tasks such as personal care, meal preparations, writing reports, attending external appointments and working in a multi-disciplinary team.

How did you find the internship experience and what did you learn?

I found the internship through searching on job sites such as LinkedIn and TotalJobs. I learnt that in order to do the placement module it is a good opportunity to formulate an academic CV and reflect on interview processes which can be enduring. They helped me utilise the STAR approach to answer questions.

What are some of the top skills you've picked up during the internship?

Resilience, teamwork, communication, listening and leadership.

How did you find the support available while you secured your work experience?

The staff were really helpful - always available over email to answer any questions. Handshake was a great platform to search for jobs and I still use this now.

What is next for you?

Continuing the find volunteering experience which I can do alongside my degree. Finish my degree and apply for a master's.

Did your work experience effect your future plans at all?

No, it just reassured me that the choice is right for me and I am capable.

What has been your favourite thing about university?

My favourite thing about university has been the online lectures. I feel like this has been really helpful in order to go back over material and engage with the content to make sure your understanding is firm.

What are your 3 top tips for students currently looking for work experience?

1. Utilise the Career Studio for tips on writing a CV, interviews, finding jobs.

2. Find something that is out of your comfort zone! You will rarely get an opportunity to try and complete experience for a short time.

3. Any job can give transferable skills so don't stress too much about the role.

*If you would like to find out more about getting involved in an internship you can visit Handshake, where we post daily new opportunities and experiences. Internships are a great way to work on projects, learn more about a particular field, make industry connections and develop your hard and soft skills. Internships can even lead to full-time job offers.

*To find out more visit Handshake and filter by the ‘internship’ tag, take a look on our website and our twitter page @livuniintern which posts internships daily.

*You can also visit the Career Studio at any time to find out more about internships and ask questions with a Career Coach. Our Career Coaches will help you explore career options, connect with employers, and apply successfully to jobs and opportunities. You can visit the Career Studio at any time, no appointment is needed. You can drop-in on University Square Monday to Friday from 10am - 5pm, or send a message to one of our Coaches on Handshake 24/7.