Ending the placement positively
It can be difficult to leave the placement if you are enjoying it and have created good relationships with other staff and clients. However, it is important to view the practicum as a single piece of learning that has been completed, where everything is passed on when you leave. These strategies should help you do that.
Strategies to handle ending the placement positively
Even though you have done this, you may feel that you would like to go back to the workplace in some capacity after your placement ends. You let your feelings be known to your fellow workers and say you would like to return. However, circumstances change and you may never go back, or if you do, you find that you are in a completely different situation - you are no longer a student, but either a volunteer or fully-fledged employee. This can change what was an enjoyable experience into something that you no longer enjoy.
Relationships change due to your different status and the accompanying need to restructure the terms of your presence in the workplace. Remember, some staff and clients are happy to ‘put up’ with you when you are a student on placement, but if they consider you to be just another staff member, their expectations can change dramatically. The following strategies may help you to renavigate the workplace as a non-practicum staff member.
Strategies to help you go back successfully