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'I did a work placement in an African school.'

Politics student and aspiring lawyer Sherene Modi tells us about an eye-opening work placement in South Africa.

What did you do on your placement?
“I was teaching at African Angels, an independent school in the Eastern Cape region. I read with the children, ran small group activities, and gave one-on-one attention in study tasks.

“The school is one of the best opportunities for education in the area. We visited the local government school one morning and it was a stark contrast, with just four teachers for 179 pupils.”

What was it like doing a work placement abroad?
“Working abroad was an unforgettable experience and one I will cherish forever.

“For me, it was such a special opportunity because I got to meet and interact with people that I never would have otherwise. I am still in contact with the children and teachers in South Africa which is so lovely. One of them is coming to England for the first time soon and I’ll be showing her around!”

How did it help with your personal and academic development?
“The placement was eye-opening. It made me realise how much I take for granted, even small things like electric light or clean kitchen facilities.

“At the same time, it inspired me to help the children learn. I was able to implement ideas from my own schooling, and it felt great to be trusted. My confidence has definitely been boosted.”

What’s next for you?
“I’m now working as a paralegal in a law firm. I’ve always been interested in a career in law, and I’m pleased to have got the job I wanted so soon after graduation. I feel like a politics degree was a great foundation for it.

“The role will help me to decide whether the legal sector is the right path for me — at the moment, I am loving it and am learning so much.”

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