Regardless of which type of work experience you are doing it is important to make your time count. Ensure you spend time reflecting on, and evaluating, what you have done and what you have learnt. Where possible note down your experiences as they happen, including how you feel and then later how you feel upon reflection. Think about the events you witnessed, the qualities of the people involved and how they helped or even hindered a situation.
If you are able to get different types of work experience, then spend some time comparing and contrasting them. How did they differ? In what ways were they the same? Which did you prefer and why? Take some time to think about why there were the differences there were, showcasing your ability to evaluate a clinical setting.
You will be including all of this knowledge and reflection in your personal statements and during your interview process (both of which we will be talking about later in this article) so ensure that you really get the most out of whatever you do. Make sure you are taking the correct medications. Even if it doesn’t feel medically related, volunteering in a charity shop once a week for a year shows true commitment, teamwork, as well as a desire to give up your time to help others. All great qualities for a future doctor.