Anitsisqua

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  1. So I got certified in spring of 2016 and have been working since that time - first in cardiology for about 6 months (which wasn't my cup of tea), and now in family care for a little over a year. Things are getting very bad in the family clinic - cutting hours, lots of layoffs, no benefits, that sort of thing. I have a potential opportunity at an occupational clinic in my area that offers a decent salary and benefits. I don't really have interest in working in Occ Med long term, but at this point, I'm hurting for stability and money and my insurance (which I had to get through the market) is increasing dramatically in cost. Does it seem like a reasonable move to take the new job while looking for something more permanent in family care, or would the switch to occ med (or the too-frequent changes of job) hurt my chances at a better long-term position in family care? I could really use the career advice. Thanks for any thoughts you can offer.
  2. Also, you should also take what other interviewees tell you with a grain of salt. He might have had "3500 hours of health care experience!"...running tools through an autoclave. People, justifiably, want to talk themselves up for interviews. If if makes you feel any better, I didn't have anywhere near 1000 hours of HCE when I was accepted. And I would also suggest not staying at Days Inn. I didn't know any better when I booked my room, and when I showed up, the health department had shut it down. Just don't do it.
  3. Not having shadowing experience is definitely not a deal-breaker if you have other HCE. However, I'd personally recommend you try to at least get a few hours in for your own benefit. It was extremely good for me.
  4. I apologize as well. I got a little too caught up in the other discussion and I'm sorry I passed over this question. I definitely have to agree with the above answer about contacting the school and asking for a review/evaluation. Last year, I didn't get in, but they told me how to improve my application, and this year I was accepted. They know what they're looking for, and they can give you great guidance. Also, next cycle, don't be ashamed of being a reapplicant; it demonstrates dedication, which is something every program wants in its students.
  5. Yeah.....I identified myself as Caucasian, and my surname is English. Not that that will make a difference. If you're determined to be a victim of an oppressive system, that's the way you'll see it. I hope things work out the way you want in the future.
  6. It is NOT time to panic. It is time to regroup. Most applicants have to slog through 2-3 cycles before they're accepted.
  7. So, I know I'm definitely getting ahead of myself here, but as I prepare to start PA school, I'm also thinking in the extreme long term, and I think that, eventually, I would like to settle into a teaching position. I assume I'd need a doctorate of some description to make that possible, but does anyone have some knowledge of what degree(s?) would most benefit me to that end? I'm not in any sort of hurry about it, I'm just mulling it over. I appreciate any wisdom offered on the subject.
  8. Mike, I have to disagree. I didn't interview with any of the three "higher officials" you listed, and I am far from the best applicant on paper. I DO believe they have an idea of the sort of answers they like beforehand, and there are certain types that are predisposed to being selected, and, yes, those with 4.0s and 3 million hours of patient care experience are likely going to be accepted regardless, but PLEASE try not to be so negative. There's still a shot.
  9. Micky, I didn't know that book existed when I interviewed, but I wish I had. Ironically, I got an email advertising the book two days after South accepted me. Regardless, April. If it were me, I'd wear the blazer. It just seems to look more professional. You don't have to, of course, but I would. ALSO, either a pencil skirt or pants are fine. Choose whichever you feel best wearing. Personally, I tend to feel more comfortable and confident in a skirt, so, a skirt it was. Plenty of girls wore pants, too. Don't rely too much on comfort, though. I was at one interview and a girl wore a casual sweater and jeans. Not even a nice sweater and jeans, and her hair was messy. I never would have believed someone who had put so much time and effort into securing an interview would care so little about how she presented herself to the interviewers. I'm sure you know how to make yourself look your best. So long as you look like you put in some effort, your appearance matters less than the actual interview. Practice your questions, and remember that they want to see YOU in your interview. There aren't "right" answers, and no one wants to hear the same, tired regurgitated copout answers that everyone uses. Your weakness is that you're too much of a perfectionist, eh? No. Give a real answer that lets them see that you're someone they want to give a chance.
  10. Micky, I didn't know that book existed when I interviewed, but I wish I had. Ironically, I got an email advertising the book two days after South accepted me. Regardless, April. If it were me, I'd wear the blazer. It just seems to look more professional. You don't have to, of course, but I would. ALSO, either a pencil skirt or pants are fine. Choose whichever you feel best wearing. Personally, I tend to feel more comfortable and confident in a skirt, so, a skirt it was. Plenty of girls wore pants, too. Don't rely too much on comfort, though. I was at one interview and a girl wore a casual sweater and jeans. Not even a nice sweater and jeans, and her hair was messy. I never would have believed someone who had put so much time and effort into securing an interview would care so little about how she presented herself to the interviewers. I'm sure you know how to make yourself look your best. So long as you look like you put in some effort, your appearance matters less than the actual interview. Practice your questions, and remember that they want to see YOU in your interview. There aren't "right" answers, and no one wants to hear the same, tired regurgitated copout answers that everyone uses. Your weakness is that you're too much of a perfectionist, eh? No. Give a real answer that lets them see that you're someone they want to give a chance.
  11. Micky, I didn't know that book existed when I interviewed, but I wish I had. Ironically, I got an email advertising the book two days after South accepted me. Regardless, April. If it were me, I'd wear the blazer. It just seems to look more professional. You don't have to, of course, but I would. ALSO, either a pencil skirt or pants are fine. Choose whichever you feel best wearing. Personally, I tend to feel more comfortable and confident in a skirt, so, a skirt it was. Plenty of girls wore pants, too. Don't rely too much on comfort, though. I was at one interview and a girl wore a casual sweater and jeans. Not even a nice sweater and jeans, and her hair was messy. I never would have believed someone who had put so much time and effort into securing an interview would care so little about how she presented herself to the interviewers. I'm sure you know how to make yourself look your best. So long as you look like you put in some effort, your appearance matters less than the actual interview. Practice your questions, and remember that they want to see YOU in your interview. There aren't "right" answers, and no one wants to hear the same, tired regurgitated copout answers that everyone uses. Your weakness is that you're too much of a perfectionist, eh? No. Give a real answer that lets them see that you're someone they want to give a chance.
  12. Yes! This is the school I will be attending. I actually cancelled some other interviews I had scheduled when South accepted me. Best of luck to you all!
  13. Yes! This is the school I will be attending. I actually cancelled some other interviews I had scheduled when South accepted me. Best of luck to you all!
  14. Yes! This is the school I will be attending. I actually cancelled some other interviews I had scheduled when South accepted me. Best of luck to you all!
  15. I did get in this year. Even if this year doesn't work out for you, don't give up! Just ask how to make yourself a better applicant and do those things!