My name is Naomi Wylde, and I am currently studying Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Bath, and doing a placement within industry is a compulsory part of my degree. I have now come to the end of my placement experience within the Physical Activity team at Macmillan, and couldn’t be any more grateful for the support I have received.
I started Macmillan 10 months ago with a whole mixture of feelings. I was very excited to start a new challenge, learn new skills, and help to support people affected by cancer. However this encompassed being nervous, scared, and worried about whether I was good enough for the job.
Being surrounded by an amazing team has meant I have had countless opportunities for learning and developing. This has been in the form of working on a range of projects, attending training days, and going to conferences. In particular I thoroughly enjoyed organising the Manchester Knowledge Exchange Workshop, attending Motivational Interviewing training, and influencing other organisations at the Age UK conference. Within these experiences I have had the pleasure of travelling across London, and other areas of the country, seeing new things, and meeting new people.
The biggest highlights for me have been meeting people living with and beyond cancer, hearing their stories, and what Macmillan has done for them. Then, meeting the people who provide Macmillan services to support people affected by cancer through physical activity, and being a part of their development and support network has been really interesting. Additionally, I have worked with the Walking for Health team on various projects, and had the opportunity to attend health walks, talking to people about their experiences.
I cannot thank Macmillan Cancer Support, and Walking for Health enough for their continued support and encouragement throughout my 10 month placement. I now know I will suit a career within the public or third sector, and I am a much more confident individual who is ready and excited for my future.