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    (Original post by letsbehonest)
    How did you guys all feel about having to take a gap year initially? Honestly.
    1st min. Aww ****. 2nd min yayy. Recommendation: plan it in advance and make sure all your friends will take one with you, then it's great fun because you all have money for the first time ever!! I was lucky, loads of my friends were taking one, so I just latched on.


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    (Original post by Hugby1)
    The key is not to watch paint dry, but to watch TV/film instead!! Eat Percy pigs and that lovely piece of cake someone brought in for the night staff. I'm going to join the bank and work Friday/Saturday nights when I get to uni...


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    If the band 7 clinical nurses find me watching a film - I am screwed. Isn't it just the most exhausting thing ever trying to stay awake though?

    (Original post by letsbehonest)
    How did you guys all feel about having to take a gap year initially? Honestly.
    Like ****. But it all came down to my UKCAT and securing a job early. I vastly improved my score and so felt much better about making a better application and it being worth it and having a job that distracted from the soreness of everyone else leaving.
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    (Original post by ameelia22)
    If the band 7 clinical nurses find me watching a film - I am screwed. Isn't it just the most exhausting thing ever trying to stay awake though?



    Like ****. But it all came down to my UKCAT and securing a job early. I vastly improved my score and so felt much better about making a better application and it being worth it and having a job that distracted from the soreness of everyone else leaving.
    Sorry if you dont mind me asking....what did you achieve first & second time around on your UKCAT score

    Also do you know of any resit applicants getting in this year?
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    have any reapplicants got 'normal' jobs like not healthcare related for their gap year?
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    (Original post by Philippamalko)
    have any reapplicants got 'normal' jobs like not healthcare related for their gap year?
    Yes, I work at an architect firm and it is refreshing to do something not related to healthcare on the side but it would be nice to get an NHS job in healthcare, would definitely excite me more
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    Yeah I work at Schuh haha
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    (Original post by Scottasaurus)
    Yeah I work at Schuh haha
    (Original post by PG593)
    Yes, I work at an architect firm and it is refreshing to do something not related to healthcare on the side but it would be nice to get an NHS job in healthcare, would definitely excite me more
    I went full time in what was my weekend job at a garden centre when I finished school then worked for Royal Mail over christmas and now work for Direct Line Group haha. Everyone seems to be healthcare assistants or something and I wondered if I was the only one, but for £9+ an hour at my job now I think I'd rather be doing that than HCA for a lot less :')
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    (Original post by Philippamalko)
    have any reapplicants got 'normal' jobs like not healthcare related for their gap year?
    Yeah! I work at a hotel restraunt, café-bar, science technician at an SEN school (mainly involves laminating and watering plants...), and care for 2 autistic kids...as much as a full time job sounds good moneywise i'm enjoying the freedom of "casual" 0-hour contracts and not having to take holiday etc!


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    (Original post by Philippamalko)
    I went full time in what was my weekend job at a garden centre when I finished school then worked for Royal Mail over christmas and now work for Direct Line Group haha. Everyone seems to be healthcare assistants or something and I wondered if I was the only one, but for £9+ an hour at my job now I think I'd rather be doing that than HCA for a lot less :')
    'A lot less'... You should check my wage packet


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    (Original post by Hugby1)
    'A lot less'... You should check my wage packet


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    you must live in an area with better waged HCAs than mine haha sorry I was just meaning for myself
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    (Original post by Philippamalko)
    have any reapplicants got 'normal' jobs like not healthcare related for their gap year?
    A friend of mine works at specsavers. Another decided to work as a teaching assistant. It doesn't really matter if you decide to work at A and E or Mcdonalds, it's the reflection upon you experience that counts!
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    (Original post by Philippamalko)
    have any reapplicants got 'normal' jobs like not healthcare related for their gap year?
    I do it's my 3rd ucas last year I did full time at kfc and part time behind a bar, this year I'm a lab technician in food microbiology and still behind the bar.

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    (Original post by frogs r everywhere)
    A friend of mine works at specsavers. Another decided to work as a teaching assistant. It doesn't really matter if you decide to work at A and E or Mcdonalds, it's the reflection upon you experience that counts!
    'Whilst working at McDo I served a huge variety of clientele, all coming from different backgrounds and many of whom were less financially secure than myself. This helped me to appreciate the role preventative medicine plays in our community; education in healthy eating is vital to minimise the sizeable(lol) impact weight related medical conditions has on our hospitals and health care budget. I was able to improve my formal communication skills with service users as well as adapt to get to know my co workers well in the workplace.'


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    (Original post by Hugby1)
    'Whilst working at McDo I served a huge variety of clientele, all coming from different backgrounds and many of whom were less financially secure than myself. This helped me to appreciate the role preventative medicine plays in our community; education in healthy eating is vital to minimise the sizeable(lol) impact obesity has on our hospitals and health care budget. I was able to improve my formal communication skills with service users as well as adapt to get to know my co workers well in the workplace.'


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    Sophisticated bs


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    (Original post by Hugby1)
    'Whilst working at McDo I served a huge variety of clientele, all coming from different backgrounds and many of whom were less financially secure than myself. This helped me to appreciate the role preventative medicine plays in our community; education in healthy eating is vital to minimise the sizeable(lol) impact weight related medical conditions has on our hospitals and health care budget. I was able to improve my formal communication skills with service users as well as adapt to get to know my co workers well in the workplace.'

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    Goodness! :lol: I can only imagine the face of admissions if they were to read this.
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    (Original post by frogs r everywhere)
    A friend of mine works at specsavers. Another decided to work as a teaching assistant. It doesn't really matter if you decide to work at A and E or Mcdonalds, it's the reflection upon you experience that counts!
    I am so desperate to do this for a final term... was it in a primary school?
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    (Original post by ameelia22)
    I am so desperate to do this for a final term... was it in a primary school?
    It was indeed.
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    (Original post by frogs r everywhere)
    It was indeed.
    Any NVQ or anything like that? Was the interview difficult? Did they have previous child care exp?

    Excuse all the questions I would just kill to swap positions right now :")
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    Hey guys I have an interview for a clinical support worker post and was wondering if anyone has any tips?


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    Got an offer from Southampton! This gap year was totally worth it

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