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    I'm on a year out atm working as a "scientist" in a pharmaceutical company as part of my four year degree course in biomedical science. I've been here a month so far. The job's okay (though it's been a slow start with lots of training courses and health and safety etc), the people are relatively friendly but I can't help bitterly missing university and everything about being a student. I'm living in a tiny town where nothing seems to happen, compared to the large city I've been used to for the last two years.
    I get on with colleagues but it's proving difficult to find people I actually click with (compared to university) and I just wind up feeling lonely and isolated despite the fact I'm socialising nearly every evening with these people.
    It's still early days, and I'll certainly be sticking it out for the experience and opportunities, but I'm frustrated that I don't feel very settled yet.
    Most people I know on placements are really enjoying it, and vastly prefer it to being at university. So I wondered if that's also that case for people on TSR?

    I did an identical placement to you last year and I was like "most people you know" and preferred it to university but I knew plenty who were the opposite. The start will always be slow with training sessions but if you enjoy the job it will pick up soon. The people you socialise with, are they other students or other full-time employees? Organised work socials certainly feel different to evenings out with just students.

    Just because other people you know are really enjoying their placements doesn't mean you won't too in time. As you have said, you don't feel very settled but you probably will do eventually. It's just taking you a bit longer. Work life does feel different to uni life and takes a little bit of getting used to. Part of it may well be where you're living. I lived in London and commuted out every day. I was already used to commuting so had one less thing to adjust to but those that lived near work, in a small town like yourself, found the place really boring. If boredom is a problem then perhaps you could organise some kind of weekend trip to your nearest city. We had a facebook group which people used for that kind of thing.

    In the end though, I think the important thing is actually enjoying the work. I didn't have as big a social life as some others but I really enjoyed what I was doing so enjoyed my placement. Some people who went out a lot hated the job so couldn't wait to finish. Once you get settled into day to day life in a completely new environment and start to properly get into the work (no more training or health & safety), you may well find yourself starting to enjoy it.
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