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    (Original post by jollygood)
    Can successful re-applicants tell me what kind of jobs did they do during the gap year? I am really struggling to find a suitable job as almost all of them require previous nursing experience. Can you please tell me which jobs are the easiest to get because all I want is a paid job in hospital environment. Thanks

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    I think it is very cliched to think you have to have a job in health care and I honestly think you can learn as much, if not more, by working in 'the real world' and showing that you have good people skills, work as part of a team, take on responsibility, rise to new challenges and learn new skills; all of these things can be displayed and discussed in your PS and interview without being tied in to healthcare. In fact i would go as far as to say it helps you to stand out as a more balanced individual
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    (Original post by TooIndecisive)
    I think it is very cliched to think you have to have a job in health care and I honestly think you can learn as much, if not more, by working in 'the real world' and showing that you have good people skills, work as part of a team, take on responsibility, rise to new challenges and learn new skills; all of these things can be displayed and discussed in your PS and interview without being tied in to healthcare. In fact i would go as far as to say it helps you to stand out as a more balanced individual
    The NHS is as real as it gets...

    OP, when they asked me about hospital scenarios in my interview - having had all the experience I have, made it so much easier knowing that I was on the right lines entirely. The above poster is right though, you can most certainly get a job outside of healthcare and do just well but IMHO if you can get something within the NHS even if it's just for a bit, do it.
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    So glad that it's not just me


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    (Original post by ameelia22)
    The NHS is as real as it gets...

    OP, when they asked me about hospital scenarios in my interview - having had all the experience I have, made it so much easier knowing that I was on the right lines entirely. The above poster is right though, you can most certainly get a job outside of healthcare and do just well but IMHO if you can get something within the NHS even if it's just for a bit, do it.
    Questions like what did they ask, if you dont mind me asking
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    (Original post by AhmedDavid)
    Questions like what did they ask, if you dont mind me asking
    Not allowed to discuss interviews in any detail, sorry.
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    (Original post by ameelia22)
    Not allowed to discuss interviews in any detail, sorry.
    Seriously? even last years which is what I think you're talking about
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    Interview discussion is not permitted on TSR :no:


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    Seriously? even last years which is what I think you're talking about
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    Hey guys! May I just ask, when you were all applying for your HCA jobs, did you tell them/say on your application form that you're on a gap year and will be leaving them after a year?

    A friend of mine reckons this will make them more likely to employ me as they will want to employ a prospective doctor but I just think it'll make them reluctant to employ me as it means they'll have to go through the whole recruitment process all over again in merely a year's time to replace me!

    What do you guys think? Shall I include that detail on the application forms or not?
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    (Original post by Joannywhite)
    Yes there is. I think if you search it up, it will come up

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    Alright thanks!
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    Hey, I applied to UEA, Barts, Nottingham and BSMS. I got 3 rejections and an interview offer at BSMS. I felt that I was quite unprepared for the interview at BSMS and got a rejection from there. My UKCAT score was 610 (verbal reasoning let me down real bad). I wanted to apply to a uni in London and applied to Barts only because on there website it says that they expect a score of above 2400 and I had 2440. But i think this year there cut-off was 700. I am planning on taking a gap year and giving it my all this time round and definitely apply more strategically. I got 4A*s and 11As in GCSEs and was thinking of applying to Imperial. Has anyone got into Imperial with similar grades at GCSEs and how did they do at the BMAT?
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    (Original post by jollygood)
    Can successful re-applicants tell me what kind of jobs did they do during the gap year? I am really struggling to find a suitable job as almost all of them require previous nursing experience. Can you please tell me which jobs are the easiest to get because all I want is a paid job in hospital environment. Thanks

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    Spent the first 5 months with no paid job, just voluntary work (though was applying for many jobs). Managed to land a Christmas temp job at Schuh and they kept me on. Then around May I got a job working as a Ward Assistant in oncology. Though I obviously would've preferred a HCA role it's been great to be in the right environment to see how it all works.
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    (Original post by FutureSurgeon)
    Hey guys! May I just ask, when you were all applying for your HCA jobs, did you tell them/say on your application form that you're on a gap year and will be leaving them after a year?

    A friend of mine reckons this will make them more likely to employ me as they will want to employ a prospective doctor but I just think it'll make them reluctant to employ me as it means they'll have to go through the whole recruitment process all over again in merely a year's time to replace me!

    What do you guys think? Shall I include that detail on the application forms or not?
    I did- I'm a HCA in theatres- and they've been really supportive with time off for interviews and seeing the good stuff I included that detail on the application and that was all the spoke about at interview! They thought it was a really good idea to have a prospective med student work as a HCA


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    (Original post by Strikesthirteen)
    I did- I'm a HCA in theatres- and they've been really supportive with time off for interviews and seeing the good stuff I included that detail on the application and that was all the spoke about at interview! They thought it was a really good idea to have a prospective med student work as a HCA


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    Did you just go onto the NHS website and type in your postcode and see which local trust needed an HCA/had jobs going? I want to get to the stage where I can work in theatres/HCA but kind of stuck on the application part
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    Hey guys, regarding your UKCAT my teacher recommended I should take some sort of course to improve my score. I just looked at kaplan courses as that is what she recommended but woah they're not as cheap as I first anticipated.
    What sort of courses if any did you guys do to improve your UKCAT? (685 last year)
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    (Original post by blissfully)
    Did you just go onto the NHS website and type in your postcode and see which local trust needed an HCA/had jobs going? I want to get to the stage where I can work in theatres/HCA but kind of stuck on the application part
    Yep, I went on NHS jobs all the time. I started with a temp job in records then applied for the ortho theatres HCA job, first HCA job I applies for. Didn't get it in ortho and they gave me a job in general theatres instead. Was good to have the previous job in records because it meant I only had to transfer posts and took a lot less time


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    (Original post by blissfully)
    Hey guys, regarding your UKCAT my teacher recommended I should take some sort of course to improve my score. I just looked at kaplan courses as that is what she recommended but woah they're not as cheap as I first anticipated.
    What sort of courses if any did you guys do to improve your UKCAT? (685 last year)
    I went on Medify and it improved my UKCAT by 50 points. Saying that, your UKCAT was still better than my second take!


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    Guys theres stuff I'm really not understanding about the medic bursary stuff... someone take a look?

    http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students/Do....0_05.2013.pdf

    I also keep reading things about a £1000 bursary we're all entitled too...anyone have any idea what this is about?
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    (Original post by blissfully)
    Hey guys, regarding your UKCAT my teacher recommended I should take some sort of course to improve my score. I just looked at kaplan courses as that is what she recommended but woah they're not as cheap as I first anticipated.
    What sort of courses if any did you guys do to improve your UKCAT? (685 last year)
    Medify was a great addition in my opinion, it improved my UKCAT from 670 last year to 780 after only using it for a couple of weeks.
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    (Original post by ameelia22)
    Guys theres stuff I'm really not understanding about the medic bursary stuff... someone take a look?

    http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students/Do....0_05.2013.pdf

    I also keep reading things about a £1000 bursary we're all entitled too...anyone have any idea what this is about?
    Yep all entitled to that in your 5th and subsequent years when fees also paid by the NHS however the 100% means testing means many people still end up struggling.

    Key point you don't need to worry about it for a few years if you are a school leaver (rather than a graduate entry medic).

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    (Original post by ameelia22)
    Guys theres stuff I'm really not understanding about the medic bursary stuff... someone take a look?

    http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students/Do....0_05.2013.pdf

    I also keep reading things about a £1000 bursary we're all entitled too...anyone have any idea what this is about?
    It's only in your fifth year of study. I'm not particularly sure on the nitty gritty stuff of it as I'm Scottish but from the document you linked it that's what it seems like.
 
 
 
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