Posted by: Annabel Ikwuakolam17 JUL 2012
In these highly competitive times, we are encouraged as undergraduatestudents to obtain work experience in order to 'stand out' from the crowd inregards to Pre-reg. applications. However having applied to many summerplacement schemes as an undergraduate in both my 1st and 2nd year, all attemptsproved futile. Work experience is suppose to highlight your enthusiasm for thesubject, however how far can you go in proving this where nowhere is willing togive you the opportunity to do so. I would certainly say I am not alone in thisas out of 150 or so on my course, only a handful of people were accepted on tonationally run schemes. The answer to this problem I would assume is to be asinnovative as possible and not rely on national schemes. Employers are alwayslooking for people who think out of the box and don't necessarily follow therote way of doing things. We are given a generous 4 months off over the summerperiod. It can be argued that is plenteous time to do something worthwhile tocontribute towards our future careers. So what are you doing to ‘stand out’from the mounting crowd of pharmacy undergraduates?