I was lucky enough to be one of the first people in the School of English to try out the work placement scheme. As an English Literature and Theatre Studies student, I always knew that I wanted to take a year abroad and when I found out about the British Council Language Assistant scheme, I couldn’t wait to get involved.
I already had an A-Level in French and thought this would be a fantastic opportunity to not only become fluent in French but to gain work experience which is invaluable when it comes to applying for jobs at the end of my degree.
The Language Assistant scheme operates in many different European countries and I was lucky enough to spend nine months teaching English in three different primary schools in France. Throughout the year I met friends from New York, Costa Rica and all over Europe and because the work placement is paid, I was able to save money and travel during school holidays.
My year abroad was truly unforgettable; I gained confidence in teaching, communication and most importantly returned to university with a new found sense of independence and a renewed enthusiasm for my studies. I cannot recommend the opportunity highly enough! For people who want to add value to their degree doing something other than the study year abroad, the work placement scheme is fantastic and the School of English are sure to provide help and support along the way!
Sophie has now graduated from Leeds, read her alumni profile here.