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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2011

    Work Experince & Volunteering

    Hello all,

    I have looked at the marking form for work experience - however I can't quite figure out if what I have qualifies.

    I have volunteered at a listener for The Samaritans for nearly 2 years now - does this count as a caring environment?
    My only other experience is shadowing and then a few months of care work 3 years ago.

    Unfortunately working full-time (and when I was studying I was also working full time!), has left me little opportunity for trying to find HCA work. I have shadowed for 2 months in one location and 1 week in another.

    Should I attempt to undertake anything else between now and the time I hand my letters in?

    Thanks everyone
    1. SGUL : Jan 7th interview - BOUNCE BOUNCE BOUNCE
    2. Swansea : Rejected w/o interview (booooooooooo)
    3. Nottingham : Just filled out the questionnaire AND I'M EXCITED
    4. Let's forget this one ever happened.

    GAMSAT: 65 (when rounded!), or 67 if you do it my favourite way

  2. #2
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Hi Dr Scully
    It might be worth calling St Georges about this, to make sure. Volunteering with Samaritans sounds like a caring environment to me, and I think long held volunteering positions are highly regarded by the uni.
    Also, the shadowing should have given you a decent insight into the dynamics of a hospital environment. Sounds like you've got some pretty solid and relevant experience under your belt.
    But I know what you mean, it is tricky to figure out.
    Give them a call to calm your nerves.
    Good luck!!

  3. #3
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    So to add to that...
    I have worked in a centre that helped youths with learning and physical difficulties. We did activities with them at the centre and took them on excursions.
    Following that when I came back to England, I volunteered at a similar centre that lost funding after a month.
    I then started my teacher training and during that period I opted to spend time in a school for pupils with sever and profound learning and physical difficulties over three weeks.

    Since then I have worked full time as a teacher and am trying to organise some voluntary work over the weekend but given the speed of the paperwork and other bureaucracies, I do not know if I will have time to get more experience in before the interview letters etc come through.

    I will try calling the university, but can anyone add any further advice or tips?

    Many thanks!

  4. #4
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Does anyone have this form that they could send to me? I am wondering whether my work experience is enough or even recent enough to be considered favorably. I have done HCA work for 2 years in an outpatient setting (2009-2011) and worked in laboratories since. Would it be recommended to do some more work experience?

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