From Year 10 work experience to studying medicine at Oxford University
October 18, 2017 | By Julie Cherry |
“I saw a variety of departments, shadowed and talked to lots of the staff which meant I could see what it is really like – hard work but rewarding with dedicated teams doing their utmost to help people to live longer, more healthy lives.”
So keen was Will to pursue his dream, that he applied for a scholarship to Eton College to study A Levels, where he was offered a place and awarded a bursary to cover his fees.
He is very undecided regarding his area of specialism but currently feels it is likely to be hospital medicine rather than working as a GP as “it is more exciting but I will need to assess this in tandem with work-life balance at the time”. He goes on to add that he “enjoyed cardiology at RCHT, so that’s what I’d say right now, but this may change considerably – I have a while until I need to decide!”
- Talk to everyone: medical students, current doctors, nurses – they all have helpful and interesting things to say
- Get work experience and voluntary work in a caring environment to see if you’re suited to it and like it
- Do a wide range of things to develop your personal skills (volunteering, sports, music etc) both for interviews but also for yourself as they can help to give you a break mentally and physically from studying
- Keep up your studies – ultimately you need solid grades to get through the door
- Finally, do it for the right reasons – because of interest and passion. It is very hard work so you need to maintain the motivation when finishing off essays and revision in the early hours, and for the career in general.