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After entering my final GCSE year I had already thought about applying for medicine. After trawling through university websites, student blogs, and anything else I could get my hands on I quickly learnt how crucial work experience was. Having no family member at the time in the medical profession, I wasn’t brought up of what life is like in a world that I wanted to be a part of. I felt that it would give me a chance to learn more about a profession that I wanted to enter.
I was then unsure of how to approach getting work experience. Did I have to write a CV, even though I had nothing to put in? Where should I apply? Should I go to a hospital or GP surgery? I had a head start in answering these questions as my sister had just started medical school. As such I vaguely knew of the process of organising work experience but did I really pay attention to what she was doing when I was fourteen? After speaking to my mum and my sister, I decided to email some local GP practices.
As I put my GCSE Language skills to the test, by composing an email that would put across my passion for medicine, without making me sound like a naïve teenager that didn’t have a clue. As I finished penning one of my hardest literary assignments to date, I felt that getting the work experience would be easy.
I waited for the replies to come in. As time passed, after a couple of weeks I wondered if I even sent the emails off. After entering medical school I know how easy it is to delete emails, especially when your inbox is bombarded daily and you have a busy practise to run. But back then I had no clue. I decided to ring them up, and was told by the receptionist that they don’t accept GCSE students for work experience.
As I expanded my net, and approached more GP practices, with more rejections I began to wonder if I could ever organise any sort of work experience. I compiled a list of all the GP practices in my city and they one by one got crossed off. I was often just rejected outright, but many said I was too young. In my eyes there seemed to be this catch-22 where medical schools rightly wanted you to get experience of medicine before you enter a long and gruelling course, but then being told you were too young to get a placement.
I eventually managed to get a placement in a town an hour away on public transport. This was only because my dad, a taxi driver, heard that another driver's son ran a GP practice and he was more than willing to accept me. My persistence paid off, as in one interview they asked me how I got my work experience!
My advice for others would be is to try to think of other ways to get some experience if it doesn’t work out. I was about to volunteer, or work as a receptionist. Applying for medicine is tough, so don’t be disheartened because someone says no.
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