Karlie Corbin, 32, from Cwmbran, is in the first year of the BSc (Hons) Childhood Development degree.
"What attracted me to the Child Development degree was its variety. I felt it would give me access to a number of career opportunities with children, including teaching, social work and even behaviour analysis.
Although I am only just entering my second year, I have already gained valuable knowledge and experience that will benefit me in the future.
I’m really glad that I had a compulsory placement module in the first year because it meant that I was pushed out of my comfort zone and now have a brilliant addition to my CV.
For my placement, I went to Torfaen Play Service and spent a total of 25 hours spread over a few weeks.
I chose this area as I had worked in schools before starting my degree and wanted to work with children in a different setting.
The majority of my time on placement was spent in after-school play clubs where I would supervise the children, and support them in making independent play choices. Once a week I also attended a school at lunchtime to encourage children to take part in a group game.
I really enjoyed working with children in a less structured setting and observing how differently they acted outside the formality of the classroom. In fact, I enjoyed my placement so much that I have continued working with Torfaen Play on a voluntary basis.
As a volunteer, I will benefit from their in-house training which includes safeguarding and data protection, and training in these two fields will be invaluable to my career."