Occupational Psychologist

SLVeteran Nikki

Education: Psychology - Birmingham City University, UK

SLV Placement: Mental Health Placement, July 2014

Current Role: 'After my placement I moved to London and began an MSc in Occupational Psychology and an internship with a talent management consultancy. I have just landed my dream job as a Consultant Analyst at Saville Consulting where I will hopefully become a fully chartered Occupational Psychologist!'

Tell us about your SLV experience: 'We were met by the lovely Kelum when we arrived and taken to our homestay. Our family was very welcoming and the food was delicious (pumpkin curry is the best, and don’t forget to buy some rambutan at the market). The people of the small town where we stayed were a tight knit community, many of them had never seen white people before and all of them went out of their way to make us feel welcome.'

'The placements were always interesting and I learned so much about Sri Lankan culture, mental illness and how much of a ridiculous language English is to teach! I grew extremely close with the girls that I was on placements with and we are still in touch after over a year. The first weekend in the jungle was great and really helped us all to bond as a group. Each weekend we visited various places around the country such as Lipton’s Tea Plantation, Udawalawe National Park and Temple of the Tooth, where we got to see the festival of the tooth. The trains are especially fun and the journey from Ella to Haputale train has incredible views! We had brilliant adventures and all of us wished that we had booked to stay out for an extra week after our placements finished.'

'My time in Sri Lanka is something I will remember forever and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in travelling, learning about culture and helping people. It was without a doubt the best experience of my life, I even grew to love the cold showers and lack of cutlery!'

Tell us what you gained from the placement: 'Doing the SLV placement definitely helped secure my place on my MSc course and has been a great conversation point during interviews! It also helped me discover where my talents and interest lay.'