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    Since graduating with a first class honours in biomed in 16, I have been living on my own, worked many entry level crappy jobs. Im at the point now where I can acknowledge Im really struggling in life. I left my recent job last month as I was underpaid, working 74 hours a week and the company just wasnt looking after me. Im currently really looking for something else. Part of me doesnt want just another entry level job. I feel im a bit too over qualified for that. I dont enjoy lab work at alllll and I love working with people, I want to stick to the medical/ healthcare fields (as I have been so far). Im looking at medical writing jobs right now. Does anyone have an intel on this profession?

    Im a bit stuck...lol
    Im also really considering a Msc in Physician associate or Public health for the near future...

    Does anyone have career advice for what I should be doing now and and advise on the msc’s im considering?
    Thank you
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    Since graduating with a first class honours in biomed in 16, I have been living on my own, worked many entry level crappy jobs. Im at the point now where I can acknowledge Im really struggling in life. I left my recent job last month as I was underpaid, working 74 hours a week and the company just wasnt looking after me. Im currently really looking for something else. Part of me doesnt want just another entry level job. I feel im a bit too over qualified for that. I dont enjoy lab work at alllll and I love working with people, I want to stick to the medical/ healthcare fields (as I have been so far). Im looking at medical writing jobs right now. Does anyone have an intel on this profession?

    Im a bit stuck...lol
    Im also really considering a Msc in Physician associate or Public health for the near future...

    Does anyone have career advice for what I should be doing now and and advise on the msc’s im considering?
    Thank you
    Does being a science teacher not appeal to you? It's decent money with nice working hours and holidays.
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    Are you a fully-qualified Biomed (i.e. HCPC and IBMS registration)?
    I've got some friends who have made pretty good careers out of themselves working within the NHS's pathology labs.
    It's not exactly a thrilling career, the lions share of it is automated now, but even the entry-level BMS1 posts pay fairly well.
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    No, Im not the biggest fan of teaching people😓. I had my mind on studying medicine after I graduated. Spent around £200 studying for the ukcat and preparing for interview. I didnt get in, so Ive just been building up my experience to do a masters later but I dont want it to be a waste of time or money for me tbh
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    No i didnt do a placement year so im not registered😓
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    (Original post by Phoebe444)
    No i didnt do a placement year so im not registered😓
    Ah, sounds like maybe an MSc might be for you - but best to be careful about which one you choose.

    Can I ask about your medicine application as I'm currently building one myself as a biomed graduate - did they gave you any reason as to why they didn't take you? Could I also ask where you applied, if you don't mind sharing?
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    I applied to ashton, keele, qm, Southampton lol i cant remember the 5th🙈🙈🙈. It was such a long time ago, im sorry. I didnt get invited for interview for any either😕. Yh i think msc is my best option tbh, just gotta do more research
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    (Original post by Phoebe444)
    I applied to ashton, keele, qm, Southampton lol i cant remember the 5th🙈🙈🙈. It was such a long time ago, im sorry. I didnt get invited for interview for any either😕. Yh i think msc is my best option tbh, just gotta do more research
    Oh yikes, that gives me the fear as I'm applying to a few quite big name med schools! Any advice having been through the process?
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    An awesome ps with a load of extra curricular stuff in it. And an amazing ukcat score, dont pay kaplan to teach you, I did n my score was mediocre
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    (Original post by Phoebe444)
    An awesome ps with a load of extra curricular stuff in it. And an amazing ukcat score, dont pay kaplan to teach you, I did n my score was mediocre
    Thanks for the tips!
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    (Original post by Phoebe444)
    Help!
    Since graduating with a first class honours in biomed in 16, I have been living on my own, worked many entry level crappy jobs. Im at the point now where I can acknowledge Im really struggling in life. I left my recent job last month as I was underpaid, working 74 hours a week and the company just wasnt looking after me. Im currently really looking for something else. Part of me doesnt want just another entry level job. I feel im a bit too over qualified for that. I dont enjoy lab work at alllll and I love working with people, I want to stick to the medical/ healthcare fields (as I have been so far). Im looking at medical writing jobs right now. Does anyone have an intel on this profession?

    Im a bit stuck...lol
    Im also really considering a Msc in Physician associate or Public health for the near future...

    Does anyone have career advice for what I should be doing now and and advise on the msc’s im considering?
    Thank you
    Do you know why you haven't got the sort of job you wanted? If it's because of your CV/application/interview technique then having an MSc will not make up for this and you could just be back where you started in a years time. If you do choose an MSc remember also it is a long year especially if you aren't doing something you are fully passionate about.
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    Im at the point where i feel im not completely sure of what i want to do. So far I know what I dont want to do lol. The masters i am looking into seem interesting I just need to do a bit more research tbh and figure out how ill fund it
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    (Original post by Phoebe444)
    Im at the point where i feel im not completely sure of what i want to do. So far I know what I dont want to do lol. The masters i am looking into seem interesting I just need to do a bit more research tbh and figure out how ill fund it
    What is the point in doing the masters then at the moment? as if you're not sure what you want to do then I assume youre not doing it to get a specific job. Having a masters isnt going to make you more employable for positions you are already eligible for as your qualifications arent going to be the weak point.

    What I would do if I was you

    1. Identify what you want to do
    2. If you need a masters to do that then apply for a masters (NOT BEFORE)
    3. try improving your CV/job applications a bit
    4. Apply for the job you want
    5. if you get an offer then you're done, if you dont then look at the stage you are rejected at ie after cv, after telephone interview, after assessment centre etc etc
    6. following from the latter of point 5, try get feedback on your application then work on improving the weak points
    7. repeat 5-6 until you get an offer
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    If you want to stick with medical, I would maybe apply to your local hospitals bank service and do administration work. You will build abit of a rapport there and gain a good NHS reference aswell as great NHS experience. Bank positions are zero hours and ad hoc however you are not limited in the number of hospitals where you can go as a bank worker and it is entirely up to you when you want to work. I have heard of people staying on assignments for months; you are also not limited to specific departments so you could maybe take an assignment when one comes up doing audio transcription and build a mix of skills. if it is medical writing you would like to progress with, then you will need great transcribing skills anyway and working in administration will assist with that.

    I have previously seen jobs for trainee clinical coding aswell, although of course it is not entirely in the direction you want to go in, but again it will give you NHS experience, a decent starting wage, specialism and more. I would take the chance to find a job you like the look at and look at the job description to see exactly what experience they want and their desirable and essential criteria. You need to satisfy all essential and at least some desirable to be in with a great chance of securing a job and then of course your applications and interviews need to be very polished and good.

    As the previous poster says, please do not do a masters until you are completely sure of what you want to do. The expense is huge and it again, does not guarantee you a job. I mean I am exploring some options; I love the look of a museum studies course however I am not particularly sure whether it is worth it when jobs are so competitive. I'm applying for a couple of casual museum positions that last temporarily and that don't get in the way of my main full time administration job that I will be starting soon.

    Also why do you consider yourself overqualified for entry level jobs? What experience do you have that can satisfy a higher pay grade; usually jobs above entry level constitute to at least a couple of years experience as if you think about the calibre of candidates that will be applying to them, you just will not have the experience required.
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    (Original post by Phoebe444)
    Help!
    Since graduating with a first class honours in biomed in 16, I have been living on my own, worked many entry level crappy jobs. Im at the point now where I can acknowledge Im really struggling in life. I left my recent job last month as I was underpaid, working 74 hours a week and the company just wasnt looking after me. Im currently really looking for something else. Part of me doesnt want just another entry level job. I feel im a bit too over qualified for that. I dont enjoy lab work at alllll and I love working with people, I want to stick to the medical/ healthcare fields (as I have been so far). Im looking at medical writing jobs right now. Does anyone have an intel on this profession?

    Im a bit stuck...lol
    Im also really considering a Msc in Physician associate or Public health for the near future...

    Does anyone have career advice for what I should be doing now and and advise on the msc’s im considering?
    Thank you
    Have you considered Teach First? With this programme, you can progress to top roles in industry. I suggest this because it may be cheaper than a Masters degree.

    All the best.
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    (Original post by Phoebe444)
    Help!
    Since graduating with a first class honours in biomed in 16, I have been living on my own, worked many entry level crappy jobs. Im at the point now where I can acknowledge Im really struggling in life. I left my recent job last month as I was underpaid, working 74 hours a week and the company just wasnt looking after me. Im currently really looking for something else. Part of me doesnt want just another entry level job. I feel im a bit too over qualified for that. I dont enjoy lab work at alllll and I love working with people, I want to stick to the medical/ healthcare fields (as I have been so far). Im looking at medical writing jobs right now. Does anyone have an intel on this profession?

    Im a bit stuck...lol
    Im also really considering a Msc in Physician associate or Public health for the near future...

    Does anyone have career advice for what I should be doing now and and advise on the msc’s im considering?
    Thank you
    I wouldn't encourage you to do a masters that just a waste of money. Employers today value experience and skills more than anything else. I suggest create a list of career paths you want to pursue and the skills that require (figure what training you would need to acquire for this) and in the meantime try to volunteer part time for some practical experience for this.

    Also try Civil Service they always have something in Public Health or NHS.
 
 
 
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