My placement year during lockdown

Posted on: 28 May 2020 by Nikhil Sharma, 3rd year International Business with a Year in Industry student at the University of Liverpool in Student experiences

Sadly, my placement year at First Mile Technologies in Toronto, Canada had to be cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, as I had some spare time while back at home I decided to work as a temporary staff member at my local Southern Co-Op in my hometown of Windsor. I also wanted to get involved and play a part working during this pandemic to try and help as much as I could. Additionally, I also enjoy a challenge and working in a grocery store posed that challenge as I have never worked in one before or anything similar. 

Working at the Co-Op has been fantastic and has been one of my favourite jobs to date. I have met some amazing colleagues who are the same age and in a similar position to me. It took a few shifts to get used to the till systems, the layout of the store and the different processes but all in all it was pretty simple to get used too. Overall, I recommend working in a grocery store if you have some spare time, the pay is good, and the hours are flexible. I have been there a month now and have enjoyed every minute. I hope to be kept on till late on in the summer until I have to come back for final year.