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    Does anyone know if we can change our location preferences after submitting them? I'm finding it really hard, what are people mainly basing their choices on?
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    (Original post by Nightwing_)
    Does anyone know if we can change our location preferences after submitting them? I'm finding it really hard, what are people mainly basing their choices on?
    you can definitely log back in and switch them around after you've saved them once - i think its just after the deadline that you can't switch them anymore?

    i found it really hard too - i ended up ranking them purely based on distance from where i am now as my partner is in a work contract and wouldn't really be able to move too far!
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    (Original post by Superhellie)
    you can definitely log back in and switch them around after you've saved them once - i think its just after the deadline that you can't switch them anymore?

    i found it really hard too - i ended up ranking them purely based on distance from where i am now as my partner is in a work contract and wouldn't really be able to move too far!
    Sounds like a pretty good reason!! What do you reckon you'll do if you get a non commutable placement? My partner is playing the "well we'll just cross that bridge when we come to it" card" - think she's expecting me to fail !!!! Main problem is there aren't really many near me!!!
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    (Original post by Nightwing_)
    Sounds like a pretty good reason!! What do you reckon you'll do if you get a non commutable placement? My partner is playing the "well we'll just cross that bridge when we come to it" card" - think she's expecting me to fail !!!! Main problem is there aren't really many near me!!!

    well my top 5 choices are somewhat commutable, within an hour to hour and a half drive or so. I'm kind of just hoping i'll be lucky enough to get one of those if i manage to get through the interview!!

    if i get offered something further afield i think i'll have to play the "cross that bridge when we come to it" game too! its a tough one, career vs life and all!
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    I picked London for many reasons, 1st, if I get the job my partner will likely be able to find something in London as well, the clinical lab is large and well equipped so there will be a lot of opportunities to learn new techniques and if for elective training I can chose any other hospital in London so no problem with commuting distance. Also I think that there is a greater chance they will have a job for me after stp in a big hospital and if not in this specific one, then surely in another one in London which means I will not need to move after three years (which is really a big pain when you have kids...)
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    (Original post by Janu_55)
    I picked London for many reasons, 1st, if I get the job my partner will likely be able to find something in London as well, the clinical lab is large and well equipped so there will be a lot of opportunities to learn new techniques and if for elective training I can chose any other hospital in London so no problem with commuting distance. Also I think that there is a greater chance they will have a job for me after stp in a big hospital and if not in this specific one, then surely in another one in London which means I will not need to move after three years (which is really a big pain when you have kids...)
    These are some really good points, some I'd not considered to be honest. I'd sort of discounted London due to cost of living, but may actually rank it a bit higher now!
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    If you don't really have a preference you can always rank the few that you are fussed for, and then put the rest in the no preference column.The applicants who aren't able to move will thank you for it

    Either way, you can indeed keep changing the order as much as you like until the closing date.
    Also with regards to when you find out from interviews, timescales I had last year were:
    - Interview 26th/27th March
    - Preference deadline 2nd April
    - Interview outcome 9th April

    So you are looking at around 2 weeks after interview. I believe they need time to check the scores etc.
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    (Original post by stp2015)
    If you don't really have a preference you can always rank the few that you are fussed for, and then put the rest in the no preference column.The applicants who aren't able to move will thank you for it

    Either way, you can indeed keep changing the order as much as you like until the closing date.
    Also with regards to when you find out from interviews, timescales I had last year were:
    - Interview 26th/27th March
    - Preference deadline 2nd April
    - Interview outcome 9th April

    So you are looking at around 2 weeks after interview. I believe they need time to check the scores etc.
    My message from Oriel said that ''Programme preferencing will close at 25/04/2016 17:00'' or is it different for other specialisms?
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    Anyone else on here got an interview for vascular science?

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    Not totally true! Health Education England still pays for part of the post, but the amount reduces year on year. Luckily, the fact that the trainee is in-service means they are already being paid. The only problem is if the department needs to back-fill the post for the time the trainee is away at uni or in placements (most of the first year).
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    (Original post by nech)
    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!
    I would say it is because you have not finished your degree, whereas more people who applied for your specialisms have got theirs already. A MSc is part of the training, so not necessary to get in, but if more people have better qualifications, then they will get shortlisted ahead of you. Sounds like you just need to get a good degree result and apply next year.
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    (Original post by Superhellie)
    well my top 5 choices are somewhat commutable, within an hour to hour and a half drive or so. I'm kind of just hoping i'll be lucky enough to get one of those if i manage to get through the interview!!

    if i get offered something further afield i think i'll have to play the "cross that bridge when we come to it" game too! its a tough one, career vs life and all!
    Ha, the same as me! It's funny how this card is pulled out not when I moved to Ireland for a few months, but the possibility of moving back to the UK which isn't London (if I get the post!).

    How's everyone's preparation going? I feel like I'm very short of time...
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    Yep
    Ah nice! what's your background? Need to check out the competition haha

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    Ha, the same as me! It's funny how this card is pulled out not when I moved to Ireland for a few months, but the possibility of moving back to the UK which isn't London (if I get the post!).

    How's everyone's preparation going? I feel like I'm very short of time...

    I feel like I have the time I just don't know what to look at or how to prep! Under 2 weeks now though ahhhhhh
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    (Original post by Janu_55)
    Congrats about the job! Is it something clinical or pure research? Going back I should have done biomedical degree at least I would still have options other than STP to get into NHS.

    Btw. anyone else got an interview in microbiology? If I get the job I would like to get placement in London but I guess this one will be quite popular.. :/
    Hi, I have an interview for Microbiology too!

    Congrats How are you feeling about the interview?

    I also would like the London placement, but I bet it will be the most popular. It would be a 5 minute walk from where I live at the moment!
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    Lol. Well I'm a Gemini, my favourite colour's blue (used to be purple) and I recently turned vegan. Hope that helps
    Haha giving a lot away there!

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    (Original post by aliceemilyrose9)
    Hi, I have an interview for Microbiology too!

    Congrats How are you feeling about the interview?

    I also would like the London placement, but I bet it will be the most popular. It would be a 5 minute walk from where I live at the moment!
    Not great, to be honest. I have no NHS experience whatsoever and I can't remember anything from my microbiology undergrad courses anymore. And the description of the interview stations is so vague that I feel like they might ask us almost anything..
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    (Original post by Janu_55)
    Not great, to be honest. I have no NHS experience whatsoever and I can't remember anything from my microbiology undergrad courses anymore. And the description of the interview stations is so vague that I feel like they might ask us almost anything..

    I agree - it's so hard to prepare. I am desperately searching past forums for any tips and hints. Good luck
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    (Original post by Superhellie)
    I feel like I have the time I just don't know what to look at or how to prep! Under 2 weeks now though ahhhhhh
    Have you started yet? I still need to book my flights for the interview ah!
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    (Original post by aliceemilyrose9)
    I agree - it's so hard to prepare. I am desperately searching past forums for any tips and hints. Good luck
    Good luck to you too! What time is your interview?
 
 
 
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