Student Recognition Award – Nicole Tamzyn Wright

Nicole Tamzyn Wright

02 Jan Student Recognition Award – Nicole Tamzyn Wright

Placement position: Finance Assistant
Organisation: Health Education England (NHS)

Course: Mathematics with Statistic Management
Year of graduation: 2018

A brief outline of my role…
My role at HEE was based mainly around management accounting. I worked closely with budget holders to ensure there was sufficient funding for future plans and reported the figures at end-of-month meetings.

Why I loved working here…
Working at HEE was a brilliant experience, not only did it give me a wonderful opportunity to learn new skills but I was lucky enough to have an amazing team around me. My colleagues were definitely the most enjoyable element of this placement. They were great mentors, teachers, and friends, who always went out of their way to provide me with as many new learning experiences as possible.

My proudest achievement or experience in this role…
My most proud moment working at HEE was receiving a Student Recognition Award. At the time I wasn’t aware I had been nominated but my line manager, and several other colleagues, put my name forward. This award is given to those in training roles such as apprentices or placement students who “have contributed to organisational objective, had a positive impact on their team and demonstrated a desire to learn and develop”.

How I have developed professionally since working here…
I have greatly improved on my professional communication skills over the course of my placement. Prior to this work experience, I had little to no confidence with public speaking and putting my ideas/suggestions forward. However, through many months of giving presentations and attending training courses I am now much more confident in my ability to do so.

My advice to students wanting to work in this industry/sector…
If you are thinking of a future career in a particular industry, a placement year really is an invaluable experience. You may be lucky enough to finish the year with a job offer for when you’ve graduated, but even if not, you will learn so many skills over the year that will put you in good stead when it comes to applications. This will be something that sets you aside from the other graduates, there can be hundreds of people with a degree but far less of them will have had actual experience in the industry, and the knowledge of how to practically apply what was learned in lectures.