Getting into medical school after an undergraduate degree

Posted by Maya Mendiratta on 18 February 2016

:Medical student image by University of Exeter used under CC BY 2.0

Last term The Careers Group ran the Exploring Graduate Entry into Medicine careers afternoon which was full of advice on medical work experience, personal statements, and interviews.

We heard from speakers based at medical schools including Nottingham, UCL, St George’s University of London, Imperial, Barts, and the University of Oxford on what they want from applicants to their graduate entry medicine programmes; here's what they told us.

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Topics: Medicine and Healthcare, Postgraduate study

The 10 most popular Careers Group articles of 2015

Posted by Harry Picken on 11 January 2016

2015 was a busy year in higher education. It saw a higher education Green Paper, the proposal of a teaching excellence framework, and more students than ever seeking career advice from their university. But, let's not forget the hundreds of blogs published by The Careers Group for offering news and career advice for students, graduates, career centres and employers.

2015 also saw us launch a new-look blog platform where you can subscribe to email updates in addition to a new blog dedicated to graduate recruiters.

But which articles had you clicking the most? Here are the top 10 most-read of 2015.

Enjoy!

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Topics: Jobs and Internships, Peace, Politics and Policy, employability skills, CVs and applications, career choice, Postgraduate study, international development, entrepreneurship

Women in Academia

Posted by Rosalind Kemp on 4 June 2015

The Institute of Physics has recently published a report with the Royal Astronomical Society, Gazing at the Future. Kate Murray, Careers Consultant to the Graduate School, King’s College London attended the launch and is sharing what she learnt with us on Reach:

The report looks at the experiences of male and female physics and astronomy researchers during their PhDs and their expectations of whether or not they will enter academia after the PhD.

The stats in the report make pretty depressing reading: female doctoral students rate the overall experience of their doctorate lower than their male peers; and the proportion of female doctoral students happy with their doctorate is on average 7% lower than for male doctoral students. Only just over 55% of female doctoral students across all years of study agree that they would make good research scientists (70% of male students overall would agree).

Particularly stark was the finding that 48% of female students, in their final year, envisage that they might have a university role in 3-5 years' time, compared with 65% of male students.

The report suggests reasons behind these stats, including the issue of a lack of role models (thus reinforcing unconscious bias amongst recruiters and setting an unconscious bar on ambition on the part of candidates).

It doesn't seem to me, though, that physics and astronomy are particularly alone in these findings. While efforts such as Athena SWAN and the Equality Charter Mark, as well as initiatives by individual universities such as the fantastic photos of female professors in the Strand building, all help to promote academia as a welcoming place for women, the conversations I have with female researchers across all subjects point to structural issues around the competition for grants and working culture that are off-putting. In fairness, they are often off-putting to men looking for work/life balance too.

What to do? Find resilience, set examples, seek good advice, take opportunities. Find a mentor, find a 'supporter' (someone who actively looks for opportunities for you), and don't be pigeon-holed. Think about protecting your self-esteem and promoting your self-confidence. And retain a love for research.

Image (example of simulated data modeled for the CMS particle detector on the Large Hadron Collider) by CERN used under CC BY-SA 3.0.

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Topics: STEM, Diversity, Postgraduate study

Shout Out to Post Docs

Posted by Fiona Richardson on 28 April 2015

A message from Yulia Kiseleva, PhD student at the Department of War Studies at King's

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Topics: Peace, Politics and Policy, Postgraduate study, Fairs and Events

Rock Physics and Scilly Birds: Exotic vacancies this week

Posted by careers consultant on 16 March 2015

We've a bit of an exotic, international flavour to our jobs this week. Whether you're interested in changing the world, studying the world or just working in a beautiful part of the world there's something for you amongst our 3,027 vacancies on JobOnline.

Here are our picks for this week:

Thousands more jobs can be found on JobOnline.

Firecrest photo by Flickr user davethebird used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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Topics: teaching, STEM, Jobs and Internships, Peace, Politics and Policy, charity, Working abroad, Postgraduate study, creative industries

Get into Teaching

Posted by careers consultant on 3 March 2015

Do you know your Premier Plus, GTTR, SCITT and QTS? Those who do, teach. With so many changes to graduate routes into teaching, it can be difficult to know which route is best for you, what other options exist and what support you may get. The DfE Get into Teaching website has useful resources and regularly puts on free events where you can find out more about the different types of teachers, the qualification routes and how to apply.

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Topics: teaching, Postgraduate study

PhD or no PhD, that is the question

Posted by Fiona Richardson on 19 January 2015

Before Christmas WWIP held a fascinating panel discussing a question many students grapple with - should they do a PhD or not?

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Topics: Peace, Politics and Policy, Postgraduate study

Studying Medicine in the USA

Posted by Mark Gilbert on 21 November 2014

Each year an increasing number of international students consider studying medicine in the US. For those considering such a move after their time in the UK, here’s a few resources to get you started.

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Topics: Medicine and Healthcare, career choice, Postgraduate study, International Students

The College of Europe

Posted by careers consultant on 4 July 2014

Late last year I attended a careers conference at the European Commission in Brussels. Many of the successful candidates I met mentioned they had done their Masters at The College of Europe.

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Topics: Peace, Politics and Policy, Postgraduate study

Refugee Protection and Forced Migration

Posted by Jeff Riley on 13 June 2014

A new distance learning MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies is being launched this summer by the University of London to start in October 2014. We spoke to one of the Programme Directors, Dr David James Cantor. Applications are open now.

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Topics: Postgraduate study, international development

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