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    Unsuccessful for genomics, shortlist reserve for genomic counselling. Gutted but trying to think positive and looking at what else I can do in the mean time to get out of teaching. Congratulations to everyone who made it through to interview this year, I'm hoping it will be me next time around!
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    (Original post by Chem_Angel)
    Hi Bagsworth, Can I mplease ask your background. I am applying for Clinical Biochemistry as well but am a bit new to this field. Also did you apply for biochemistry only?
    I did only apply to Biochemistry only, I don't know if it helped that I was mentioning biochemistry a lot in my application.

    I have a degree in biomedical sciences, just finishing writing up a PhD and am currently a biomedical scientist in biochemistry. This is my second time applying.
    What's your background Chem_Angel? I wouldn't worry that you're new to this as you've got an interview so they clearly saw something in your application!
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    massive congrats to all those who got through and good luck with the interviews!!!!
    I was unsuccessful for genomics and genomic counselling, and am trying to work out how to improve my application.. anyone who got through got any ideas?
    I have worked in a prestigious genomics unit in a hospital for 3 months (my uni summer holiday level 1) working in their lab sequencing genes and assisting in research.. and worked for my second summer until now in genetics charity doing a role very similar to genetic counselor. I also have a massive amount of patient interaction (hospital work experience and volunteering with children with genetic diseases) and visited lots of labs. I have been a youth counselor for years, I tutor 5 times a week, I have been head on youth trips abroad to name a few!... I dont see how I could get any more people/leadership/counselling experiences than i already have! I cant fit any more into my schedule!!
    the only thing i can think of is that i need more scientific experience, i.e. people skills are less important. SO maybe if I got a job now in specialized labs would that help?? ALso the uni I am in is not a top 10 .. does that make a difference??? what do they care about ?!
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    Hi Guys,

    Any tips for interviews, from people who attended previous year will be most helpful. I understand you would not want to give away too much. Could anybody throw some light on preparing for the technical part as the subjects are vast and knowing/ remembering everything on the said day will be difficult.

    Please throw some light on subject..Thanks.
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    (Original post by nech)
    massive congrats to all those who got through and good luck with the interviews!!!!
    I was unsuccessful for genomics and genomic counselling, and am trying to work out how to improve my application.. anyone who got through got any ideas?
    I have worked in a prestigious genomics unit in a hospital for 3 months (my uni summer holiday level 1) working in their lab sequencing genes and assisting in research.. and worked for my second summer until now in genetics charity doing a role very similar to genetic counselor. I also have a massive amount of patient interaction (hospital work experience and volunteering with children with genetic diseases) and visited lots of labs. I have been a youth counselor for years, I tutor 5 times a week, I have been head on youth trips abroad to name a few!... I dont see how I could get any more people/leadership/counselling experiences than i already have! I cant fit any more into my schedule!!
    the only thing i can think of is that i need more scientific experience, i.e. people skills are less important. SO maybe if I got a job now in specialized labs would that help?? ALso the uni I am in is not a top 10 .. does that make a difference??? what do they care about ?!

    Did you attend open days and try to contact people currently in healthcare or current STP trainees? I think you have plenty of people experience but that would of only got you the relevant points on the application. I don't think the University makes a difference either, my university isn't a top ten at all. what degree did you do?
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    (Original post by nech)
    massive congrats to all those who got through and good luck with the interviews!!!!
    I was unsuccessful for genomics and genomic counselling, and am trying to work out how to improve my application.. anyone who got through got any ideas?
    I have worked in a prestigious genomics unit in a hospital for 3 months (my uni summer holiday level 1) working in their lab sequencing genes and assisting in research.. and worked for my second summer until now in genetics charity doing a role very similar to genetic counselor. I also have a massive amount of patient interaction (hospital work experience and volunteering with children with genetic diseases) and visited lots of labs. I have been a youth counselor for years, I tutor 5 times a week, I have been head on youth trips abroad to name a few!... I dont see how I could get any more people/leadership/counselling experiences than i already have! I cant fit any more into my schedule!!
    the only thing i can think of is that i need more scientific experience, i.e. people skills are less important. SO maybe if I got a job now in specialized labs would that help?? ALso the uni I am in is not a top 10 .. does that make a difference??? what do they care about ?!
    I think they are genuinely looking for all rounders. It's all on a scoring system and there are no points awarded for the university you went to, but obviously there are for how well you did and you get further points for doing a relevant masters. Every question has to be answered perfectly, hitting every point they mention within the question and beyond (e.g. the NHS values one, making sure everything you say is relevant and demonstrates you adhere to those values). Think of it not as how much experience you have but how you can put that into words and make yourself scream "NHS", pretty much. Experience helps but doesn't entitle you to an interview, from reading around this year and last year and knowing several people that have succeeded and not, that's clear. I like to think that the questions aren't about you so much, but about what you can contribute - as plenty of people either a/ have experience too or b/ could quickly learn the skills needed. I don't mean this message to you specifically of course, but I've seen a lot of people asking so I thought I'd give my two pennies worth.
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    (Original post by tsvety)
    Just got the same reply...I really don't see why not, it won't give us an advantage for example, just some idea how screwed up we are...
    I don't think they're not saying on account of unfair advantage but rather sheer volume of applicants. I guess they have a pretty hectic workload!
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    (Original post by Bagsworth)
    There is still a chance that people will shift up the list! For example people apply to both genetics and biochem or similar and get interviews for both offered at different times - they might initially book an interview slot on one only to turn it down in a week's time. I think you could get an email up to the day before the interview offering you a slot. Stay positive
    Hi Bagsworth,

    Well done on securing an interview!
    I understand this is your 2nd time applying?

    Can I ask what you done differently this time round or if you think there is any reason why this year you have managed to secure an interview?
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    (Original post by ejb21)
    Did you attend open days and try to contact people currently in healthcare or current STP trainees? I think you have plenty of people experience but that would of only got you the relevant points on the application. I don't think the University makes a difference either, my university isn't a top ten at all. what degree did you do?
    I couldnt make it to any of the open days I did biomedical science (genetics) Im in my third year..
    during my lab work at the hospital i worked under a guy who had done the STP but that just showed me what the job is like .. im not in touch with him so I cant ask for guidance if thats what you mean.
    I have relevant work experience in labs and i would have more but im only in my third year - i literally do not have time to get a lab job so i worked in my holidays.. maybe a masters would help get more scientific experience
    cheers
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    (Original post by rjojo)
    I think they are genuinely looking for all rounders. It's all on a scoring system and there are no points awarded for the university you went to, but obviously there are for how well you did and you get further points for doing a relevant masters. Every question has to be answered perfectly, hitting every point they mention within the question and beyond (e.g. the NHS values one, making sure everything you say is relevant and demonstrates you adhere to those values). Think of it not as how much experience you have but how you can put that into words and make yourself scream "NHS", pretty much. Experience helps but doesn't entitle you to an interview, from reading around this year and last year and knowing several people that have succeeded and not, that's clear. I like to think that the questions aren't about you so much, but about what you can contribute - as plenty of people either a/ have experience too or b/ could quickly learn the skills needed. I don't mean this message to you specifically of course, but I've seen a lot of people asking so I thought I'd give my two pennies worth.
    right i dont have a masters .. just in my third year but the statistics show that undergrads get in ..i didnt realise a masters was so necessary.. I have as much people and lab experience possible for me at this stage but i guess it isnt enough.. i need to have more..
    I answered the questions (i thought) bang on, about how each aspect of the nhs values i already put into use etc and how i would utilise them relevantly in the NHS etc.. onwards and upwards! best of luck to u
    cheers!
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    Hey Guys. I don't think is possible to work out how they access our applications. I applied for cardiac science and respiratory and got interviews for both but in the questions I rarely mentioned respiratory so who knows how they allocate interview spots.
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    (Original post by Bagsworth)
    I did only apply to Biochemistry only, I don't know if it helped that I was mentioning biochemistry a lot in my application.

    I have a degree in biomedical sciences, just finishing writing up a PhD and am currently a biomedical scientist in biochemistry. This is my second time applying.
    What's your background Chem_Angel? I wouldn't worry that you're new to this as you've got an interview so they clearly saw something in your application!
    I am a biomedical Scientist in biochemistry however Ive only just got this job and I only graduated recently, So I dont have much experience. I only applied for biochemistry and it is my second time.
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    (Original post by nech)
    I couldnt make it to any of the open days I did biomedical science (genetics) Im in my third year..
    during my lab work at the hospital i worked under a guy who had done the STP but that just showed me what the job is like .. im not in touch with him so I cant ask for guidance if thats what you mean.
    I have relevant work experience in labs and i would have more but im only in my third year - i literally do not have time to get a lab job so i worked in my holidays.. maybe a masters would help get more scientific experience
    cheers
    All sounds good. Im in my third year too, I have zero lab experience except my dissertation project so I don't think that matters to them. they told us that you pretty much do no lab work in genomic counselling anyway, its a really patient focused specialism. I found some trainees on linkedin and emailed them, also emailed some generic hospital addresses to be put into contact with genetic staff or genetic counsellors, and i told them how i found them on my application, i think they like to see it when you use initiative to track people down and to get information. I would 100% definitely attend an open day, at the one that i went to they just released genomic counselling as a 2016 specialism on that day, they had little information about the specialism but a consultant genetic counsellor was there, she showed us around the offices and gave us loads of tips and loads of information about further career development, the day-to-day roles etc. I also learnt loads about the programme, the structure, how your assessed and the next programmes that it leads into within the NHS. You seem to have everything they are looking for and more! Hope everything goes well for you!!
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    Hmm. The med phys interviews are mon/tues/weds, and Weds got fully booked super quickly. I wonder why that day was so popular.

    I'm going to book the latest slot (3.40pm) on either mon or tues so that I can go to work for the morning and then get the train down in the afternoon. Guess it's better than missing an entire day of work. I'm kinda bricking it for the interviews ngl. I'm surprised I was invited to interview because I didn't talk about going to an open day or anything about researching the STP at all.
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    Just a bit on info from what I've gathered from previous forums. There are 4 stations;
    1) general scientific questions
    2) specialism questions
    3) values
    4) leadership
    Each station you have 10mins to answer the questions and apparently if you're stuck the interviewer will prompt you.
    You get a score out of 50 for the interview. 10 marks for each station and 10 for communication.
    Hope this helps! Good luck everyone 😀
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    Hi,

    Can anybody advise me on the positions that were available this year? I am hoping to apply to haematology/transfusion and immunology - currently completing my pre registration portfolio in haem/trans until going back to university to complete my final year.

    Tried to look on the website for the posts but won't let me click on the link, maybe someone has a copy of the posts and locations for this year?

    Thanks in advance, Charlotte
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    (Original post by Eosinophil)
    Hi,

    Can anybody advise me on the positions that were available this year? I am hoping to apply to haematology/transfusion and immunology - currently completing my pre registration portfolio in haem/trans until going back to university to complete my final year.

    Tried to look on the website for the posts but won't let me click on the link, maybe someone has a copy of the posts and locations for this year?

    Thanks in advance, Charlotte
    For this year - Haem/Transfusion is 8 places, Immunology is 4 places
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    Anyone know about the structure of the STP Course itself? I.e. how often you are in University in the first year etc? I have an interview for Respiratory and I'm trying to work out where my best options are location-wise. I'm currently based in Manchester (No respiratory position here sadly), I'm led to believe Manchester Uni is linked with the Birmingham positions.

    Edit: Info I've taken from various sites indicates a 6 week block Oct-Nov of the first year along with 'blended learning' - does this blended learning mean occasional lectures at the relevant university?
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    (Original post by ejb21)
    All sounds good. Im in my third year too, I have zero lab experience except my dissertation project so I don't think that matters to them. they told us that you pretty much do no lab work in genomic counselling anyway, its a really patient focused specialism. I found some trainees on linkedin and emailed them, also emailed some generic hospital addresses to be put into contact with genetic staff or genetic counsellors, and i told them how i found them on my application, i think they like to see it when you use initiative to track people down and to get information. I would 100% definitely attend an open day, at the one that i went to they just released genomic counselling as a 2016 specialism on that day, they had little information about the specialism but a consultant genetic counsellor was there, she showed us around the offices and gave us loads of tips and loads of information about further career development, the day-to-day roles etc. I also learnt loads about the programme, the structure, how your assessed and the next programmes that it leads into within the NHS. You seem to have everything they are looking for and more! Hope everything goes well for you!!
    ok i hear now what i shouldve done differently ! thank you for your reply and best of luck to u!!! hope you get in!
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    Hi, I am an international applicant, got an interview for med physics. I will be happy to help out if I can!
 
 
 
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