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    What are alternatives to the STP if you want to get into clinical/biomedical engineering in the NHS?
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    How did everyone find the interviews today? Four weeks seems such a long time until we hear back! Am sure it was much faster last year..
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    How did people find the interviews today?
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    Finally decided to stop lurking! I applied last year but never commented on here.

    Also interested to hear peoples reactions to the general science questions!! They were a definite shock last year!

    I had an interview for vascular last year and have interviews for Cardiac and Vascular this year.
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    (Original post by welly909)
    Finally decided to stop lurking! I applied last year but never commented on here.

    Also interested to hear peoples reactions to the general science questions!! They were a definite shock last year!

    I had an interview for vascular last year and have interviews for Cardiac and Vascular this year.
    Good luck!! Which is your preferred specialism??

    What sort of crazy questions did you get last year??
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    I have an interview tomorrow - does anyone who has had an interview either this year or previous years think that getting into Adderley Park station 30 minutes before I need to be there is reasonable?

    It says it takes 18 minutes to walk (I'll probably do it in less that that), but I was wondering whether I'm likely to get lost finding the place we need to be??
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    (Original post by welly909)
    I think everyone had the same crazy questions, elephants, cats, mars and the family tree.

    Preferred specialism is Cardiac but annoyingly that interview is first so i'll be more prepared for the Vascular one, at least for general science. And maybe leadership and values and behaviours if they don't change those questions either.
    I would be surprised if they didn't change the questions around as otherwise surely it would give an advantage to those that have 2 interviews?? They probably have a "pool" of questions to choose from, I guess some may be the same, but I would have thought most would be different. IF anyone knows different please do let us know!!

    I'm keen on cardiac too, shame the locations aren't really too great!!
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    (Original post by Nightwing_)
    I would be surprised if they didn't change the questions around as otherwise surely it would give an advantage to those that have 2 interviews?? They probably have a "pool" of questions to choose from, I guess some may be the same, but I would have thought most would be different. IF anyone knows different please do let us know!!

    I'm keen on cardiac too, shame the locations aren't really too great!!
    I'm pretty sure the general science questions are the same for everyone which is why you're asked not to talk about the questions with anyone else after your interview but not sure about the others.

    I know, the locations are pretty dire. I'm just going to rank them all and deal with the question of whether I want the job enough to move to that location if I get to that point.
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    (Original post by welly909)
    I'm pretty sure the general science questions are the same for everyone which is why you're asked not to talk about the questions with anyone else after your interview but not sure about the others.

    I know, the locations are pretty dire. I'm just going to rank them all and deal with the question of whether I want the job enough to move to that location if I get to that point.
    Yeah not a bad idea, I've based them more in reverse order, as in started at the bottom with where I don't think I'm keen on and worked up to the top, ended up with some places near the top that I have never considered living before - errrr hello Worcester, where are you exactly???

    Where are you thinking as top?
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    Hi everyone! I've been lurking on a lot of these feeds for a while trying to get myself prepared for my interview for histopathology on Thursday! I am excited but also terrified!
    If anyone has any advice at all I would be very grateful, I've been trying to cover every angle I can and I've run out of ideas at this point!
    Can someone please tell me how they found the interviewers themselves? I've heard from previous years that they were quite nice and I'm hoping that's true!
    Best of luck to everyone!
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    (Original post by ab0014)
    Hi everyone! I've been lurking on a lot of these feeds for a while trying to get myself prepared for my interview for histopathology on Thursday! I am excited but also terrified!
    If anyone has any advice at all I would be very grateful, I've been trying to cover every angle I can and I've run out of ideas at this point!
    Can someone please tell me how they found the interviewers themselves? I've heard from previous years that they were quite nice and I'm hoping that's true!
    Best of luck to everyone!
    Hi, I have also got an interview on Thurs for histo. What sort of stuff have you been revising? I think I may have revised too much detail and now I sound a bit mechanical.

    I have revised specialist areas within histo. Im worried about general science, I hope they won't be random science questions but actual questions that relate to pathology, at the least.
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    Hey I'm a first year biomedical science student and really interested in this program. I know that my interests might change between now and then however I was wondering what work experience is considered enough? Like I'm on a 3 year course not 4 would it be best to switch to a year in industry course? I'm hoping to get some work experience but even then it will only be around 6 weeks. Just wondered if there I'd any advice you guys could give me? Would be much appreciated!
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    (Original post by Kat135)
    Hey I'm a first year biomedical science student and really interested in this program. I know that my interests might change between now and then however I was wondering what work experience is considered enough? Like I'm on a 3 year course not 4 would it be best to switch to a year in industry course? I'm hoping to get some work experience but even then it will only be around 6 weeks. Just wondered if there I'd any advice you guys could give me? Would be much appreciated!
    Hi,
    I would defiantely recommend work experience. You need a lot of experience to talk about on your application form and if lucky at your interview. Plus, having a industry year might show you if you actually like lab work. I really valued my industry year and it helps with almost every job application.
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    (Original post by science10)
    Hi, I have also got an interview on Thurs for histo. What sort of stuff have you been revising? I think I may have revised too much detail and now I sound a bit mechanical.

    I have revised specialist areas within histo. Im worried about general science, I hope they won't be random science questions but actual questions that relate to pathology, at the least.
    Ive just been going over some of the things I learnt at uni really. I'm a bit concerned as I worked with someone who had an interview a few years ago and he said the questions were more specific than he thought they would be. It sounds as though the general science ones are completely random questions, so I don't think there's much that can be done in order to prepare for those!
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    Speaking as someone who did a year's work experience as part of my degree, I think it has been more important than my degree itself. I did Biomed with a year in clinical trials. Following my graduation I was given an entry level job at the company I did my year in industry with. From there I managed to get a Research Assistant job at a fairly high level for my age and was subsequently offered a PhD on the job. Theres no way I would have gotten so far so quickly without that year in industry. Definitely go for it if you can.
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    (Original post by Kat135)
    Hey I'm a first year biomedical science student and really interested in this program. I know that my interests might change between now and then however I was wondering what work experience is considered enough? Like I'm on a 3 year course not 4 would it be best to switch to a year in industry course? I'm hoping to get some work experience but even then it will only be around 6 weeks. Just wondered if there I'd any advice you guys could give me? Would be much appreciated!
    Hi Kat,
    I did a 4 year biomed course with industry placement and I can't recommend it enough! When you come out of university almost every job you apply to, whether it's the STP or something else, will like you to have experience! Plus if you don't enjoy it, you know what kind of jobs not to apply for! I would definitely do the placement year if I were you. What university are you at?
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    (Original post by ab0014)
    Hi Kat,
    I did a 4 year biomed course with industry placement and I can't recommend it enough! When you come out of university almost every job you apply to, whether it's the STP or something else, will like you to have experience! Plus if you don't enjoy it, you know what kind of jobs not to apply for! I would definitely do the placement year if I were you. What university are you at?
    Hey! Thanks for the reply I study at Lincoln University, its a great uni but they don't offer many years in industry I don't think, like I asked my tutor and he just kinda brushed off the idea saying its too early to worry, but I'm now ending my first year going into second and I don't want to find I miss a deadline if I decide to do a placement. How do you go about getting one? Because yours was part of your course did they ust offer you one out of a list or what?
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    (Original post by Joshb1)
    Speaking as someone who did a year's work experience as part of my degree, I think it has been more important than my degree itself. I did Biomed with a year in clinical trials. Following my graduation I was given an entry level job at the company I did my year in industry with. From there I managed to get a Research Assistant job at a fairly high level for my age and was subsequently offered a PhD on the job. Theres no way I would have gotten so far so quickly without that year in industry. Definitely go for it if you can.

    How did you get your year in industry? Did you get given one by the uni or had to find one yourself? (Sorry if taking this thread off track)
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    (Original post by cazzzzo)
    Hi,
    I would defiantely recommend work experience. You need a lot of experience to talk about on your application form and if lucky at your interview. Plus, having a industry year might show you if you actually like lab work. I really valued my industry year and it helps with almost every job application.
    Thanks for the reply I'll try and switch to the 4 year course
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    (Original post by Kat135)
    Hey! Thanks for the reply I study at Lincoln University, its a great uni but they don't offer many years in industry I don't think, like I asked my tutor and he just kinda brushed off the idea saying its too early to worry, but I'm now ending my first year going into second and I don't want to find I miss a deadline if I decide to do a placement. How do you go about getting one? Because yours was part of your course did they ust offer you one out of a list or what?
    That's unfortunate, I went to surrey and they are brilliant for placements. For me it was fairly easy, my university advertised a list of placements on their website, and then we applied for them as you would a normal job. It my be harder to find one if your uni don't do that, although if they offer the placements they should help you with finding one!
 
 
 
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