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Yes or no? - June 11th 2013, 12:40 PM

So at my university there's an opportunity for a limited number of students to go on a work placement next year from January to May.

I have mixed feelings about whether or not I want to apply for it.

- Gives me experience
- I'll be able to complete my Biomedical Scientist registration portfolio on the placement and begin work as a biomedical scientist as soon as I've graduated (if I don't do this then I'll have to start out as a trainee and complete the portfolio after which takes longer)
- It's a great opportunity in general

- I've never had a full time job before or any kind of job so this will be a big thing for me and I'm not good at adjusting to changes.
- Worried that mental health issues will get in the way and I'll let everyone down
- In the year at university after I'll have to do more work to catch up topics that I missed while on placement
- Worried that I'll get stuck doing my last choice of subject placement (we had to rank them in order of what area we'd prefer to specialise in) and not enjoy it.

I guess the overall question is :

Would you rather do something then regret doing it or not do something and regret not doing it?
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Re: Yes or no? - June 11th 2013, 01:20 PM

It's really up to you about what you want to do. This is your decision.

But, personally, for me, I would take the work placement. Even though the Cons outweigh the Pros, the stuff that you will learn if you take this work placement will help you out tremendously in the work that you will have to make up ( which is only like a semester's worth of work which isn't too bad) and will help you learn much more quickly then the people who don't take this opportunity. Plus, if you do take this opportunity, it can be great hands on experience.

But, really, the decision is up to you. If you think you should take the work placement, then take it.

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Re: Yes or no? - June 11th 2013, 04:52 PM

Work experience or “real life” experience is very important to potential employers and it will look amazing on your resume after university. I highly recommend to anyone who is serious about their career about working in their field while still in school. I know it may be scary, especially to someone who has never worked a full time job before, but think of this as much needed practice! I think this is a fantastic opportunity and you shouldn’t pass it up.

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Re: Yes or no? - June 11th 2013, 05:40 PM

I really would take the work placement if I were in this situation.
There are many pros to this that have been mentioned by previous posters.
Also, you may learn things in this placement that would make working at your subject placement a lot easier.
This looks great to future employers and any schools you may apply to as well.
The decision is yours though and ultimately you should do what is best for you.

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Re: Yes or no? - June 11th 2013, 06:45 PM

Hey there, I say it couldn't hurt to apply, "limited number of students" leads me to believe that it isn't guaranteed that you would get in and then have to decide. Even if you've listed more cons, the pros seem to outweigh them.

I understand that it's scary if you've never had a full-time job before, I'm afraid of my internship for this same reason, but you will have to have one eventually, so this will be good practice for that.

I have dropped classes in my undergrad because of workload and mental health issues, and for me that was the best decision and I never regretted it, but I think this could be practice for how you're going to manage those things when you graduate. Does anyone at your school know about them, or are you accommodated for them? If so, the placement site can work something out for you, but they have to be documented for that to happen.

Extra work and being stuck in classes you hate is never fun, but extra work is doable and once you get out of school, the work placement will look better to future employers than what classes you took.

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Re: Yes or no? - June 12th 2013, 05:01 AM

My academic tutor does know about the mental health issues and it's documented on my file but I'm worried if I mention that they might effect the work placement then that would effect me being offered the placement. Since it's down that my anxiety and depression sometimes make it hard for me to get to classes so that's why my attendance is low. I think if I were to mention this then they would offer the place to someone else since they won't want to risk giving it to someone who may not turn up.

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Re: Yes or no? - June 12th 2013, 05:03 AM

Personally, if I were you, I would definitely apply. I wish I'd had such an opportunity in college. You can't let fear of the unknown hold you back. In this day in age, it's important to take advantage of every experience option you can get. Most good jobs out there want to hire individuals with 2-3 years of work experience, so you'll be ahead of the game if you've already got work placement experience.

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Re: Yes or no? - June 13th 2013, 09:35 PM

Like everyone else has already said, I'd go ahead and apply for work placement. I truly believe my internship and volunteer experiences in undergrad were what enabled me to get into graduate school - not only did it all look good on my application, but it prepared me for the crazy workload I was going to have in graduate school. When I was a graduate student, I ended up working 60+ hour weeks (if you took into account my classes [11 hours], the time I needed to study for those classes [20 hours], my practicum work [11 hours], and my part-time job [20 hours]). That's not even factoring in the time I needed for commuting, buying groceries, preparing meals, taking care of other chores around the apartment, spending time on TeenHelp, and spending time with my boyfriend.

Like it or not, adulthood is going to be busy, busy, busy - might as well start easing into that now! This could be a wonderful opportunity because 1) it will look good for future employers, and 2) it will prepare you for the "real world." Mental health issues are always going to be present for you. I understand your concerns, and I wouldn't encourage you to put yourself in harm's way, but if you don't deal with this now, you will someday - again, you might as well start easing into it now, learning how to cope with the depression and anxiety throughout the transition.

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