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Hi, just wondering if volunteering in a charity shop would be useful for medicine? TIA
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Hi, just wondering if volunteering in a charity shop would be useful for medicine? TIA
I think Birmingham explain work experience the best
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Not particularly, many medical schools wouldn't accept it.
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Hi, just wondering if volunteering in a charity shop would be useful for medicine? TIA
Has it given you greater insight into a career in medicine? What about it has helped you decide that being a doctor is the right job for you?
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It isnt considered 'work experience' - it isnt directly relevant to a clinical degree - BUT - it is still useful!

This sort of experience gives you skills in dealing with people - and that is much of what Medicine is all about.
Mentioning this in your PS means you can show your commitment to 'community', and that you are altruistic and happy to give your own time for common good, something essential for a medic.

And btw - many of your fellow volunteers will be 'older' people. This is important - most of your eventual workload as a doctor will increasingly involve elderly care. Get used to talking/listening to them, try to understand what it feels like to be 'older'. This is the sort of stuff that comes in very handy at Interviews!
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It isnt considered 'work experience' - it isnt directly relevant to a clinical degree - BUT - it is still useful!

This sort of experience gives you skills in dealing with people - and that is much of what Medicine is all about.
Mentioning this in your PS means you can show your commitment to 'community', and that you are altruistic and happy to give your own time for common good, something essential for a medic.

And btw - many of your fellow volunteers will be 'older' people. This is important - most of your eventual workload as a doctor will increasingly involve elderly care. Get used to talking/listening to them, try to understand what it feels like to be 'older'. This is the sort of stuff that comes in very handy at Interviews!
Thank you so much, this is and will be so useful! I have just gone into 5th year (year 12 in England I think) so am starting to get things organised!
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I didn’t do any volunteering and got a med offer so...
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I didn’t do any volunteering and got a med offer so...
What did you get in your a-levels though?
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What did you get in your a-levels though?
1. That’s not relevant 2. I got into my firm for med.
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1. That’s not relevant 2. I got into my firm for med.
I’m just saying that some unis might value grades over experience, chill
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I’m just saying that some unis might value grades over experience, chill
They gave me the offer before I got the grades. My predicted grades were A*AA
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