Want to stand out from the crowd? Work experience is a great way to impress admissions tutors and gives you a chance to discover what you enjoy doing.
It will also give you a good opportunity to develop your communication skills and experience working with a huge range of people from all sorts of different backgrounds. As well as demonstrating your enthusiasm for your career choice, they are key skills which universities will be looking for in your UCAS form.
- Gain a realistic awareness of the everyday realities of life in the health service
- Acquire knowledge about your own abilities and limitations
- Communicate well with all sorts of different people
- Take responsibility for your learning and plan future goals
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Are you a good communicator?
- Do you work well in a team?
- Did you find it easy to transfer skills learnt at school and use them effectively in the work place?
Key skills are not all gained from work experience. It is worth having a good think about everything you are involved in and you will soon discover that you have already developed some vital skills. Even looking after your younger brothers and sisters involves a huge degree of responsibility and important interpersonal and communication skills. Playing on the school sports teams can show that you are a good team worker and that you have (hopefully) developed good negotiation skills and a flexible attitude to work. Any position of authority such as mentoring also demonstrates that you have leadership qualities.
A good place to start is to contact the personnel or training and development department of your local hospital to find out about whether they run their own work placement scheme.
It is also worth checking out Volunteering England as they offer some useful advice about how you can track down health care work experience.
Alternatively see what programmes your local university has to offer such as the work experience programme at Nottingham University.