Preparing for your project

Preparing for your project: what to expect on your first day

On your first day, you will probably feel nervous or anxious. This is normal, so don't worry!

However, you can feel more confident by following some of the tips below:

  • Make sure you attend the regional Induction Event run by your Coordinator. Don't be afraid to ask questions - you'll find that other students have the same questions as you!
  • Ask your project supervisor if there is any background reading you can do to prepare for your project. Have a look on the website for where you're going to be doing your project, and think about any questions you may want to ask about the organisation.
  • Make sure you arrive in plenty of time on your first day - better to be early than late. Take a phone number for your supervisor with you incase you can't find the office, or get stuck and need to let them know you will be late.
  • If you're not sure what to wear, ask your Coordinator or your supervisor in advance. If in doubt, it's better to be too smart than too casual on the first day.
  • Remember, you supervisor is giving up their time to help you. If you are running late, or can't make it in for some reason, you must let them know. You should also let your Coordinator know.
What to expect during your first week

The first week is all about getting to grips with your project. You probably won't be able to start your experiments immediately, because you'll need to get up to speed on the topic area. Your supervisor will help you with this, so it's important to pay attention and follow their advice.

You will probably also have to spend some time being shown the Health and Safety regulations so that you can work safely during your time on placement. If you don't understand something, or you forget, make sure to ask your supervisor to explain again.

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