Jonnie Felton’s time as the CCRI’s placement student is nearly at an end. In this short blog, he pulls together a few thoughts to sum up what’s been a momentous ten months. 

Jonathan Felton
Jonathan Felton

As I ruminate on my time at CCRI, I am inevitably transported to the moment I first stepped into the office last May for an interview that would determine the next chapter in my life. I was awash with apprehension and optimism: this role appeared to be the ideal fit for my character and aspirations, but how to articulate myself, how to display my qualities?

Over a year on, and I am filled with a sense of poignancy. I think there is much to be thankful for, much to savour and much to contemplate, and I look forward to a period of reflection over the coming months.

What an enlightening year it’s been balancing the pressures of working life; a new environment and city; and something approaching independency. This has been a really significant time for me, and I am thankful for the unwavering support and encouragement of my colleagues. I’ve benefited immensely from the year and have gained so much valuable experience that I can take forward into the future.

The CCRI has an abundance of qualities – aspirational academics; exceptional reputation – but fundamentally, it is an organization that exudes class and integrity.  I am proud to have called this my place of work for the past ten months.