What work experience should you get as a graduate applicant?
- By: Phillipa Brothwood
Work experience is an important part of any application for medicine and is even more important if you are applying as a graduate. You need to show your commitment to medicine and why, at this time, you are ready to study. Think about work experience early on in your application because it can take time to organise. The purpose of work experience is twofold. Firstly, to experience a clinical environment to ensure that medicine is the career for you and that you have a realistic expectation of what it entails, and secondly, to show that you have some of the key attributes of an aspiring doctor. For example, do you have experience of working with the general public, and do you enjoy it? Have you worked in a caring role?
Exposure to a clinical environment is vital, and not just to put in your personal statement and talk about at