Where are you completing your work experience and when did you start?

“I’m doing my work experience at John Radcliffe Hospital and I started in February.”

Why did this company appeal to you as somewhere to get work experience?

“I want to be a doctor, so going to a hospital seemed like the best option. I knew John Radcliffe Hospital was a teaching hospital as well and has connections with Oxford University, so I hope that will look good on my university application.”

Did you have to go through an application process before you got your placement?

“A member of staff had a connection who is a surgeon at the hospital.  They helped me set up a placement meeting and I then had to complete a lot of forms and health checks.”

What are the main tasks and responsibilities you have when you’re at the company?

“I’m generally shadowing doctors and getting a feel for what happens in different departments in the hospital. It’s good being able to go work with different departments – I’ve experienced a surgical emergency unit, neuro ICU, general medicine, nursing etc.”

What’s been the most enjoyable thing you’ve done there so far?

“I loved going to the neuro ICU because I’m really interested in neurology. It’s very full-on all the time because the health of the patients constantly changes when they’re in an intensive care unit.”

Why do you think it’s useful being able to do work experience like this?

“To apply for the university course I want to do, they ask for work experience in a hospital so it’s definitely useful for me. Because I get to go every Wednesday, that should look really good on my application because in most schools you don’t get to do as much work experience as that. I want to go back and do it again next year so I can actually go into theatre to watch operations, which I think will be really interesting.”

Has being at BTS helped you to do well in your work experience? If so, how?

“Being at BTS has helped me be more confident so I’m better at talking to the doctors, asking questions and finding out what they’re doing, which is helping me make the most of my placement.”

How do you feel your work experience is helping to prepare you for the future?

“I wasn’t completely sure about doing medicine because it’s so competitive and such hard work, but I know now that it’s the job I will be happiest in so I’m definitely going to go for it. It’s also helping me to decide what I’d like to specialise in.”

“The learning environment at BTS is really helpful because there’s more one-on-one time with the teachers. It’s especially useful in the difficult subjects because it’s so easy to ask questions when you need to. We generally have much longer lessons than other schools, which means we get into more detail in each lesson and everything feels more grown-up.”