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    (Original post by Nightwing_)
    OH my God this level of experience is exactly the kind of thing my friend had! I think if you want to do the STP go for it. But it sounds to me like you really wouldn't have to (obviously I don't REALLY know and I'm sure any job you go for would be assessed on a case by case basis, some departments are likely to be a lot fussier over this kind of thing). IF you don't get on this year, or even if you do I definitely think it could be worth looking into applying directly.

    Unfortunately for me my PhD is not directly related to healthcare so I don't feel I've got much choice but to go down the STP route (I fully echo your concerns about remaining in academia, probably why a lot of people are applying here!!). But in your shoes I'd definitely look at directly applying as an option.

    Either way best of luck

    Thanks again, I am looking into perhaps applying directly for jobs. Most on the nhs jos website stipulate you must be registered as a clinical scientist, but you still think its worth trying to apply directly? My registration with HCPC as a biomedical scientist lapsed a long time ago, but I spoke to IBMS and they said just a letter explaining what clinical stuff I have done since I left practice as a biomedical scientist and £300 to get my registration back should be adequate to get my registration back. I worry I have been too long out of direct clinical lab work, even though I do work with patients in nhs hospitals but am based in a university. It is definitely more appealing to me if I do not pass the aptitude tests in this round to try applying directly, as I fear the older I get (I am 33 this year) the slower I will be at completing them!

    What did you do your PhD in and what is your background? Are you applying for this year and if so which specialisms?

    Best of luck to you too :-)
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    (Original post by orcalove93)
    Definitely do the real test, i felt the same as you but you never know! Give yourself thr chance! You havr an hour and 10 minutes left, do it!
    I can't focus, having a meltdown. It's not happening
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    (Original post by librarygirl)
    I can't focus, having a meltdown. It's not happening
    Sit the test, I felt the same but you might as well try it especially if you have already submitted your application!
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    (Original post by ClaireB1983)
    Sit the test, I felt the same but you might as well try it especially if you have already submitted your application!
    Ok. I have cake for after it at least!
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    (Original post by ClaireB1983)
    Thanks again, I am looking into perhaps applying directly for jobs. Most on the nhs jos website stipulate you must be registered as a clinical scientist, but you still think its worth trying to apply directly? My registration with HCPC as a biomedical scientist lapsed a long time ago, but I spoke to IBMS and they said just a letter explaining what clinical stuff I have done since I left practice as a biomedical scientist and £300 to get my registration back should be adequate to get my registration back. I worry I have been too long out of direct clinical lab work, even though I do work with patients in nhs hospitals but am based in a university. It is definitely more appealing to me if I do not pass the aptitude tests in this round to try applying directly, as I fear the older I get (I am 33 this year) the slower I will be at completing them!

    What did you do your PhD in and what is your background? Are you applying for this year and if so which specialisms?

    Best of luck to you too :-)
    As far as I am aware my friend was not registered as a clinical scientist as when she came to work at the university it was her first job in the uk (but to be honest I never actually asked, so can't be sure!). Also it must have been a few years since they had any real clinical experience as they were working with model organisms the whole time I knew them.

    My research has looked at effects of chemicals on hearts in fish and how this changes expressed genes. So the 2 specialisms aren't that closely linked but I've put in for cardiac and genetics - thought not got much to lose!!
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    (Original post by librarygirl)
    Ok. I have cake for after it at least!
    Im getting a big bag of haribo right now to cheer myself up! Let us know how it goes! You've got til 4:30 to do them if they take 15 mins each
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    (Original post by orcalove93)
    Im getting a big bag of haribo right now to cheer myself up! Let us know how it goes! You've got til 4:30 to do them if they take 15 mins each
    Haribo sounds so good right now I feel like I've gained a stone in this past week as been comfort eating whilst trying to practice these tests, then now have sat them I need comfort food to cheer myself up!
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    (Original post by Nightwing_)
    As far as I am aware my friend was not registered as a clinical scientist as when she came to work at the university it was her first job in the uk (but to be honest I never actually asked, so can't be sure!). Also it must have been a few years since they had any real clinical experience as they were working with model organisms the whole time I knew them.

    My research has looked at effects of chemicals on hearts in fish and how this changes expressed genes. So the 2 specialisms aren't that closely linked but I've put in for cardiac and genetics - thought not got much to lose!!
    Ah ok well that's good to know as I have always thought there must be other routes into STP, could you not also consider this? I always feel like a PhD must be worth something in this, as shows we can work to a certain level, even if your PhD is not so clinical. Good luck with cardiac and genetics, you definitely have nothing to loose!
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    Just did my numerical test there. It didn't seem too hard but man the time limit is such a pain. Kept swearing at the computer!
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    What specialisms are folk applying for btw? Can't be arsed trolling through the thread to find out.
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    (Original post by Fash Gordon)
    What specialisms are folk applying for btw? Can't be arsed trolling through the thread to find out.
    From what I gather a lot of folks are going for genetics? Personally I'm going for medical physics
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    Clinical Biochemistry
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    (Original post by Icandoscience)
    From what I gather a lot of folks are going for genetics? Personally I'm going for medical physics
    Geneticists make me laugh. I'm Biochemistry myself. Though we'll see about this longlisting...
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    (Original post by orcalove93)
    Clinical Biochemistry
    Kindred Spirits.
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    In no way was that numerical test good, and I don't even think the questions seemed that complicated! Can you imagine if Healthcare Scientists and doctors had to decide what was wrong with a patient in 75 seconds? There would be plenty of dead bodies!
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    I'm an immunology/micro applicant. It's worrying me seeing so many people here with masters/PhDs and proper careers. I graduate in July and this is really what I want to do but can't see that I will even stand a chance. :/
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    (Original post by Hallie3)
    I'm an immunology/micro applicant. It's worrying me seeing so many people here with masters/PhDs and proper careers. I graduate in July and this is really what I want to do but can't see that I will even stand a chance. :/
    You can't think like that, apparently there are plenty of people every year that get on without PhDs etc.!
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    Thought the logic test was good but what was up with the appreciation questions in the numeracy test
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    I just want to know now, i haven't had an email yet to say thank you for completing the tests etc, i did them a few hours ago but it says on oriel they were completed
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    (Original post by Hallie3)
    I'm an immunology/micro applicant. It's worrying me seeing so many people here with masters/PhDs and proper careers. I graduate in July and this is really what I want to do but can't see that I will even stand a chance. :/
    I really wouldn't worry about it, because even those of us with PhDs and experience, have to get past the aptitude tests before our applications are read and I imagine a lot of people are lost at that stage (including me), as I for one am not a fresh new young undergrad (who can complete aptitude tests in 75 secs) and am definitely worried that I am too slow to have gotten past the test stage! From what I understand there is a good mix of new graduates and PhD's every year so I would not let that worry you!
 
 
 
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