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    I've been told that the only way i can find work experience in hospitals is to write letters and phone them.......well, I have...and they keep saying that either it's waaay too late, and places have been booked 2 years ago :eek: , or...I have to -know- the doctors...so according to them, i shouldn't tried 2-3 years ago, and i can't get work experience in hospitals, unless i personally know the doctors...since nobody is willing to do it !
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    (Original post by lovely_girl)
    I've been told that the only way i can find work experience in hospitals is to write letters and phone them.......well, I have...and they keep saying that either it's waaay too late, and places have been booked 2 years ago :eek: , or...I have to -know- the doctors...so according to them, i shouldn't tried 2-3 years ago, and i can't get work experience in hospitals, unless i personally know the doctors...since nobody is willing to do it !
    It's not the end of the world if you don't get into a hospital - it's always worth phoning rather than writing as well, you may get more lucky. I had a nightmare getting my placement, and the one I did get was an hour's drive from home (and I couldn't drive at the time, so my parents loved it).

    If you really can't get any, then go for other related things - GP surgeries, health clinics, old people's homes, hospices - there is loads of stuff around.
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    thanks...hmm ok...I'll definately try!
    Helenia, how much work experience did you have, when you applied?
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    Also try Millenium Volunteers - med schools seem to like it.
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    (Original post by Fluffy)
    Also try Millenium Volunteers - med schools seem to like it.
    umm is that a residential placement scheme?
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    (Original post by lovely_girl)
    umm is that a residential placement scheme?
    No it's a govenment driven initative to get young people (16-24) volunteering on community projects in their own neighbourhoods. There are often medically related projects availiable.

    http://www.millenniumvolunteers.gov.uk/
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    You could try applying for general volunteer work at your local hospital. I dont know that it counts as proper work experience but it can't be far off. I'm going to help out in the childrens ward - keeping kids entertained before operations, cheering them up etc. They're alway looking for people to help.

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    (Original post by Fluffy)
    No it's a govenment driven initative to get young people (16-24) volunteering on community projects in their own neighbourhoods. There are often medically related projects availiable.

    http://www.millenniumvolunteers.gov.uk/
    from the MV web site:
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    Project types

    What's happening now?

    There are around 140 MV projects offering opportunities to young people in England (Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales run their own initiatives).

    Projects are very varied, but broad categories are

    • Sports
    • Childcare
    • Mentoring
    • Literacy
    • Media
    • Environmental
    • Befriending
    • Tutoring
    Activities can include:

    • Website design
    • Mentoring
    • Anti-bullying
    • Arts & crafts
    • Dance
    • Community media
    • Anti-racism
    • Drugs awareness
    • Video making
    • Victim support
    • Youth club helpers
    • Fundraising
    • Safety awareness information and advice to young people
    • Working with the elderly
    • DJ-ing
    • Sports Coaching
    • Providing meals for people who have HIV and AIDS
    • Classroom assisting
    • Performing arts
    • Social care
    • Radio presenting and production
    • Working with people with disabilities
    • Crime prevention schemes
    • Helping the homeless
    • Training in first aid and emergency services
    • Events and entertainment
    • And the list goes on……..
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    oh thanks for the info! Fluffy, did you do this Milennium Volunteering thing?
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    (Original post by lovely_girl)
    oh thanks for the info! Fluffy, did you do this Milennium Volunteering thing?
    No - too old I know lots of people who are now at Med School who did though.

    It's seen as being on a par with DoE, if not slightly more 'fashionable'...
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    oh, and i have one more question....obviously you talk about your work experience in your PS...but you don't just list them, do you? like...1 week at..., 1 week at...
    also, do they need proof of some kind?
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    (Original post by lovely_girl)
    oh, and i have one more question....obviously you talk about your work experience in your PS...but you don't just list them, do you? like...1 week at..., 1 week at...
    also, do they need proof of some kind?
    I have heard of people being asked to prove their W/E - especially if the interviewers have doubts, but this is very rare - unlike the States where you have to have refs from all w/e.

    I wouldn't 'just' list them though - I would expand on them and say what you got from each of them. Anyone can write a list...
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    (Original post by Fluffy)
    I have heard of people being asked to prove their W/E - especially if the interviewers have doubts, but this is very rare - unlike the States where you have to have refs from all w/e.

    I wouldn't 'just' list them though - I would expand on them and say what you got from each of them. Anyone can write a list...
    yeah, that's what i thought...but i thought that you also need to provide proof...(in addition to what you said in the PS)
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    (Original post by lovely_girl)
    yeah, that's what i thought...but i thought that you also need to provide proof...(in addition to what you said in the PS)
    Not often. However, lying aboput w/e usually gets you in trouble during interview, as you can guarentee they will ask you about it, and it's usually easy(ish) to spot those that have made up w/e.
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    (Original post by Fluffy)
    Not often. However, lying aboput w/e usually gets you in trouble during interview, as you can guarentee they will ask you about it, and it's usually easy(ish) to spot those that have made up w/e.
    oh no! I wasn't planning on lying about it!!!
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    (Original post by lovely_girl)
    oh no! I wasn't planning on lying about it!!!
    lol! Sorry, I wasn't trying to imply that you would. Just that a few carefully asked questions can usually give some kind on indication on wehter you've doent he w/e you claim or not.

    Some schools will accept additional references, so if you can get one, great.
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    no, no...im definately not going to lie about it....
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    (Original post by lovely_girl)
    thanks...hmm ok...I'll definately try!
    Helenia, how much work experience did you have, when you applied?
    Not that much "medical" stuff compared with some people - I had two weeks in a GP surgery, mostly doing admin, and a week shadowing in an Emergency Dept (an hour from home). Aside from that I had been a Young Leader with Brownies for 3 years or something, and helped out at a nursery and a local primary school (where my Mum worked) in my school holidays occasionally.

    On your PS, don't just list your experience, I wrote stuff like "Last summer, I spent 2 weeks work experience at the 8-doctor strong xxxxxxxx Medical Practice. Here, I spent some time working in reception, learning how to deal with patients and administration. I also observed some child health and vaccination clinics, which I enjoyed as my first real patient contact." I hadn't actually done the shadowing at the time of application, so I just mentioned that I was going to do it.

    My other stuff went "Outside school, I have been a Young Leader with xxxxxxx Brownies for over 2 years, where I both help with the leaders’ activities and run some of my own, as well as taking part in planning meetings..." "I have also spent several weeks during my longer holidays as a volunteer assistant at a local nursery and at a village primary school.
    All of these have given me experience in dealing with children and staff, as well as in undertaking responsibility...."

    That sort of thing - list what you gained from your experience, not just the fact that you did it. It's frighteningly sycophantic, but it seems to have worked!
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    (Original post by lovely_girl)
    I've been told that the only way i can find work experience in hospitals is to write letters and phone them.......well, I have...and they keep saying that either it's waaay too late, and places have been booked 2 years ago :eek: , or...I have to -know- the doctors...so according to them, i shouldn't tried 2-3 years ago, and i can't get work experience in hospitals, unless i personally know the doctors...since nobody is willing to do it !
    That barely matters. I did no hospital/doctor related work experience and did ok.

    I guess all u need to show is interest and experience in some vaguely related work. I heard (though can't verify) they like nursing/nursing home style stuff, so if you can get some of that in you should be fine. With such things, its probably got more to do with how you come across in your personal statement than exactly what you did. I.e., doing very little (time wise) work experience, but reporting that you gained a lot from it is probably more valuable than giving a list of dozens of things you did without describing their significance.
 
 
 
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