Project worker for the Royal College of Psychiatrists

SLVeteran Hannah

Education: Criminology and Psychology - University of Southampton, UK

SLV.Global Placement: Mental Health Placement, January 2014

Current Role: 'Project worker for the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the college centre for quality improvement'

Previous Roles: 'Volunteer Co-ordinator for Mind in Cambridgeshire and support worker for a personality disorder community service in Cambridge.'

Tell us about your SLV.Global experience: 'The 3 month mental health placement offered a fully immersive experience combining Sri Lankan life and culture together with a diverse range of projects which made it in my opinion a really invaluable and rare opportunity hard to gain anywhere else. I feel like I gained and developed a great set of skills I never even thought I was capable of. The projects stretched and challenged me but I absolutely felt rewarded for it and am so glad I made the decision to go. It's an experience I would recommend to anyone who has the opportunity!'

Tell us what you gained from the placement: 'It proved to be a great addition to the CV! I was able to gain two positions in mental health back in the UK and this I owe largely to the experience I had with SLV. The interviewers were really interested in my experience and were eager to ask questions. Whilst 3 months is not a huge length of time the intensity of it means you gain a great deal in such a short time and this was really valued.'

'To push myself out of my comfort zone and to embrace all that that brings - the good and bad bits! The range of projects allowed me to engage in special needs and teaching projects alongside mental health ones and although it was these I was initially most anxious at participating in they came to be some of my favourites and I would look forward to them every week. The range of projects are really helpful in determining what career or line of work you may want to go into.'