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    A dental specialist centre has allowed me to do a few days of work experience, but have told me that I must make a donation of £100 to a charity they support. Why are they doing this, I'm a student did it not occur to them that I am basically broke? :confused: Any advice or help would be much appreciated on what I should do, baring in mind this dental centre is absolutely amazing in terms of their technology and I would really benefit from spending some time there.
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    Look for somewhere else then. It's not really a donation if they're making you pay for it if you can't afford £100.
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    That's a very weird must-do condition for them to be setting on you for a mere work exp placement. Stay away from them, but have you tried reason with them that u can't afford it? Or ask if u can make a smaller contribution?
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    (Original post by I Came)
    That's a very weird must-do condition for them to be setting on you for a mere work exp placement. Stay away from them, but have you tried reason with them that u can't afford it? Or ask if u can make a smaller contribution?
    Yes I will try to negotiate something with them. The thing is it is very difficult to find willing practices let alone specialists that allow work experience, so when they said yes I was not expecting them to turn around and say we need you to donate money, esp such a large amount for a few days of observing.
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    (Original post by nerd1)
    Yes I will try to negotiate something with them. The thing is it is very difficult to find willing practices let alone specialists that allow work experience, so when they said yes I was not expecting them to turn around and say we need you to donate money, esp such a large amount for a few days of observing.
    To me this specialist seems quite bizarre, almost unprofessional in telling you that you MUST pay 100 pounds(not a small amount of money by any means). You're not paying for a treatment, I have never heard of any dentists doing this rubbish to students.

    On the other hand, we all understand that dentists are being very generous in taking their time and effort (maybe even worry) to take on work experience students, so i can see how returning a favour is needed, but this request is just bizarre I have to say. It would seem right for that specialist to perhaps ask if you would consider instead of forcing you?
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    I work as sales rep for dental manufacturer and one of the dentists offered a work experience in exchange for some "extra samples". I managed to find the other dental practice to get the experience but I guess you can see all the kinds of dentists out there.


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    If I were you I would consider saying that you are really grateful for the offer of experience and appreciate that the staff would be putting themselves out. Then say that the placement is valuable to you personally and understand that you are being encouraged to support their nominated charity. Go on to explain that you are a skint student and can't really afford the suggested amount - would they be happy to take you if you paid a smaller donation.
    While I can't condone this request, in a way I can understand it. Dentists get loads of requests for work experience and often the only one who has something to gain is the student, if the dentist is giving their time why not expect the student to give a bit.
    A suggested donation of about £50 would be more reasonable - this is a lot of money but not much more than a train fare or tank of petrol to go on a Uni visit. Many students spend much much more than this on travel to work experience placements.
    Although some may find this suggestion of a charitable donation distasteful not all dentists facilitate work experience out of the "goodness of their own hearts" - many only give work experience to relatives, friends or e.g. as a favour to the child of a member of their golf club!
    This placement sounds fab - the donation may be harsh but seems to be worth it!
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    (Original post by lois griffin)
    If I were you I would consider saying that you are really grateful for the offer of experience and appreciate that the staff would be putting themselves out. Then say that the placement is valuable to you personally and understand that you are being encouraged to support their nominated charity. Go on to explain that you are a skint student and can't really afford the suggested amount - would they be happy to take you if you paid a smaller donation.
    While I can't condone this request, in a way I can understand it. Dentists get loads of requests for work experience and often the only one who has something to gain is the student, if the dentist is giving their time why not expect the student to give a bit.
    A suggested donation of about £50 would be more reasonable - this is a lot of money but not much more than a train fare or tank of petrol to go on a Uni visit. Many students spend much much more than this on travel to work experience placements.
    Although some may find this suggestion of a charitable donation distasteful not all dentists facilitate work experience out of the "goodness of their own hearts" - many only give work experience to relatives, friends or e.g. as a favour to the child of a member of their golf club!
    This placement sounds fab - the donation may be harsh but seems to be worth it!
    Thanks everyone, you've been a great help. They have allowed me to do a days work experience for free which is better than nothing I suppose!
 
 
 
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