PilipTheSheep
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Hello everyone,
I am currently studying Biomedical Science in 3rd year.
I am thinking of not yet doing masters as I am not sure what exactly I want. However I am sure I do not want to go into research. Lab work in a hospital sounds appealing to me. I would like to specialise in one area, and ideally be a healthcare scientist specialising in (most likely )immunology.

So my question is what do I have to do to get a trainee position or a placement in a hospital lab because I do know that without a good experience nobody would like to employ me for an actual job. I have been doing a lot of reading on this topic however nobody seems to have an answer.

Did a lot of digging on trainee/placement/internship positions, however I can not find anything.

Did anyone go through this already and have any suggestions on what should I do ?

Thanks in advance !
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TraineeBMS may be able to help...
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What work experience have you done in the past? I want to do a degree in biomedical science and was just curious as to what work experience universities like to see.
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What work experience have you done in the past? I want to do a degree in biomedical science and was just curious as to what work experience universities like to see.
Well not much. I just volunteered in a hospital as part of a nursing team, and later I was shadowing surgeons.
Depends where you are applying, because seems like my university only wanted grades.
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(Original post by PilipTheSheep)
Well not much. I just volunteered in a hospital as part of a nursing team, and later I was shadowing surgeons.
Depends where you are applying, because seems like my university only wanted grades.
Thank you!
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You'll struggle to get a Trainee BMS position if I am honest. They are given almost exclusively now to students of BSc Healthcare Science and internal applicants.

Your only real option is to apply for a Band 2 Medical Laboratory Assistant role.

Some get a bit stuck up about applying for a 'lowly Band 2' role but the way it works in the NHS is if you haven't got experience, you aren't getting in any higher than Band 2 and, to be honest, a lot of the applicants for Band 2 roles are having experience in related areas such as GP practices or other NHS departments.

As a Band 2, dependent on your laboratory, you can ask them to support you in going through your portfolio. Some labs are better at this than others. My lab will support anyone and everyone, some will make you apply and compete for limited positions to go through your portfolio.

You will still be a Band 2, but once you have completed your portfolio you will have experienced and be eligible to apply for Band 5 roles as a Biomedical Scientist.

If you want to become a Biomedical Scientist, this is genuinely the best way for you to go about it. It may not be what you wanted to hear, but if you do it you'll encounter many BMS' that went down that route because so many of them, and yourself included fell into the trap of believing that a BMS degree will drop you straight into a BMS career.
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(Original post by TraineeBMS)
You'll struggle to get a Trainee BMS position if I am honest. They are given almost exclusively now to students of BSc Healthcare Science and internal applicants.

Your only real option is to apply for a Band 2 Medical Laboratory Assistant role.

Some get a bit stuck up about applying for a 'lowly Band 2' role but the way it works in the NHS is if you haven't got experience, you aren't getting in any higher than Band 2 and, to be honest, a lot of the applicants for Band 2 roles are having experience in related areas such as GP practices or other NHS departments.

As a Band 2, dependent on your laboratory, you can ask them to support you in going through your portfolio. Some labs are better at this than others. My lab will support anyone and everyone, some will make you apply and compete for limited positions to go through your portfolio.

You will still be a Band 2, but once you have completed your portfolio you will have experienced and be eligible to apply for Band 5 roles as a Biomedical Scientist.

If you want to become a Biomedical Scientist, this is genuinely the best way for you to go about it. It may not be what you wanted to hear, but if you do it you'll encounter many BMS' that went down that route because so many of them, and yourself included fell into the trap of believing that a BMS degree will drop you straight into a BMS career.
Thank you for the reply. I do not wish to become BMS, unless healthcare scientist counts as BMS.
You cleared out a lot of things for me so thank you once again.
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(Original post by PilipTheSheep)
Thank you for the reply. I do not wish to become BMS, unless healthcare scientist counts as BMS.
You cleared out a lot of things for me so thank you once again.
A healthcare scientist is a BMS.
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