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    U guys know how to stress me out!
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    Sorry that was me, asking about the audiology cause i'm doing either OT or Biology at UoD and i wanted to know about audiology/Biochem/Toxicology
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    (Original post by misanthropic)
    what's all this talk about applying for a MSc before even getting an interview? Perhaps I'm missing something but I never read anything about this....?? Surely the masters comes part of the job at the uni mentioned in the handbook? Or is this only audiology?
    Sorry!! That's just for Audiology! You do a masters before you start the training post. We were just discussing when to apply for the masters. Panic over!
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    haha, thanks for clearing that up!
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    North west is my first choice, with West Mids second. I am married and have a young baby, so it depends where my husband can get a job too.
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    I'm glad to hear no one else has heard back yet , I was starting to get worried. I am also applying for Clinical Biochemistry, but only in East Midlands (Leicester and Derby) due to mortgage commitments and my partners Job.

    I studied Biomedical Science at uni and graduated back in 2004. In my final year I went and visited 4 different Biochemistry labs across the country as I was interested in becoming a Clinical Scientist and I would say over 80% of the trainees I spoke to had several years lab experience or a masters/PhD prior to becoming clinical scientist and was advised to get some lab experience before deciding to go ahead.

    So nearly 5 years on here I am finally applying!!, I worked for a year as a research technician and from that got offered a PhD which I undertook, and I am now in my thesis pending year, hoping to submit in the next couple of months.

    I don't know how much things have changed since I first showed interest, as I'm still waiting to hear back regarding informal lab visits but hopefully not much as I liked what I saw

    Anyway good luck to everybody on this forum, even the people applying for the same trainees posts as me lol

    p.s. For all you fellow science geeks out there have you seen the new Biorad video and song "GTCA", its amazing , and you can download it as your ring tone (I have lol)
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    ohh thanks punked_kelly you've just sunk my ship of hope lol

    and what's with that video....how odd....perhaps you have to live in a lab for serveral years for this type of humour to click! lol
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    (Original post by misanthropic)
    ohh thanks punked_kelly you've just sunk my ship of hope lol

    and what's with that video....how odd....perhaps you have to live in a lab for serveral years for this type of humour to click! lol
    Hey I am going back 4 years from when I visited the labs, and not everybody had previous lab experience/post-grad degrees so keep that ship of hope afloat!

    If all else fails I will go and work for Biorad and make crazy viral ads in the style of the village people lol
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    Unfortunately I think it might be more competitive than 4 years ago . It seems everyone's a scientist these days! And here's a point, why is there such a large ratio of girls!? Or is that just Belfast? Not that I'm complaining
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    Haha, I'm doomed, doing Human Biology (although have specialised in Genetics) but graduating this year. If I don't get in this year I think I will just try and get some sort of work in a lab and see how that pans out and apply again. I was perhaps being a bit optimistic that I would get a decent job straight away after graduating with no work experience. But no harm in trying I suppose.
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    (Original post by northlondon)
    Hey,
    Just to let you know - I found out on Friday that I have an interview for Clin. Bio. in the South Central region. It's on 15th April. Hopefully we'll all hear quite soon from the others too.
    Congratulations! that's fantastic news I think you're the first person in the board to hear anything. Wishing you lots of luck for the interview.

    Also, if you don't mind me asking, how did you hear? Phone/post/email/pigeon?!
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    Oh my goodness, 8 people! Make sure you get lots of advice in preparation for your interview. I hope it goes well, keep us informed and also if you hear from yout other applications. Fingers crossed that it's the start of everyone getting interviews pretty soon!
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    congrats northlondon!
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    Congrats to northlondon as well!!
    Best of luck in the interview!
    Am I the only person getting nervous now again about my chances??!
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    i've pretty much given up on hoping lol - even in the slight chance I get an interview, I surely won't get the position.
    Now I'm wondering what's the best next step for subsequent yrs? Should I do a masters, a PhD or apply for lab work?
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    does that mean you are paying for your final year yourself?

    Ever since I started my undergraduate lab work I have pretty much disliked it - that could be down to terrible supervision or perhaps its just the boring monotonous work that regularly fails! So that has put me off a PhD but then I have few options.
    My brother is in his final 3rd yr of his PhD and is finding it hard as he has hardly any results. I'm going to apply to PhDs in haematology, my chosen clin sci field, so it would increase my chances but I don't really want to work really hard for 13K for 3 years.
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    Congrats NorthLondon! I am very jealous! Oh well- one down, 3 to go!
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    Nice! looks like the interviews are flooding in! not

    NoAngel do you know where we can look to get preparation help for interviews? just wanting to be prepared
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    Congrats on entering stage 3 NorthLondon! I have to say,its all very exciting...ish.
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    (Original post by Sambo1980)
    Nice! looks like the interviews are flooding in! not

    NoAngel do you know where we can look to get preparation help for interviews? just wanting to be prepared
    Hmm, well, for me personally I'll be using the careers services at my University. I just need to make an appointment with them and they'll help me prepare, give advice about how to answer questions etc. There are also the tutors on the course, many of whom I know would be happy to give interview practice (though for me personally, I couldn't think of anything worse!!)

    I would try general websites, such as Prospects
    http://www.prospects.ac.uk/cms/ShowP...rviews/p!eefmd

    But also do some in depth research into the post I'm applying for. For example, I'm applying for Audiology, so I would look at the British Academy of Audiology website (each discipline is sure to have it's own society etc) and see whats new that I could bring up in interview. I could talk about new research that's currently being carried out or a new treatment, etc.

    I would also find out a bit more about the actual place I was going to work for.

    I'm sure some of this could be applied to any of the specialities, I hope it helps a bit. I think the best way is to utilise the services at your university if you are at uni and this is possible. I'd maybe also buy a book about interview skills if it's been a while (like it has for me!!).
 
 
 
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