26 May 2023
Medical Science student Alexandre will graduate in summer 2023. He originally hoped to study medicine at university, but changed his plans. In this blog he reflects on his course and the career options that have opened up to him.
I'm a third-year Medical Science student who is graduating this summer. Today I wanted to reflect on how what started as a rejection, turned out to be an opportunity to fall in love with Medical Science and discover an exciting career path.
I moved to England from Portugal wanting to pursue medicine. I wanted to exclude any other alternative path due to stubbornness but also ignorance of the infinite possibilities that were ahead of me.
I know some classmates that successfully did Post Grad Entry medicine after finishing Medical Science and I could not be prouder of them given the competitiveness of the process. As you know, doing medicine is a lifetime commitment and very time-consuming, so before you decide to board on that mission: think carefully!
I always knew I wanted to finish my degree first before applying to medicine, and I was forced to become more open to other possibilities after getting my applications rejected.
After working in the NHS, using LinkedIn to network, and ARU’s employability service, I was exposed to many careers and clinical areas that I did not think about. And it was after working for the vaccine programme in the NHS that I fell in love with clinical trials. Now. I am delighted that I landed a graduate job at an incredible company that specialised in global clinical trials.
Along the lines of the previous point, taking some time to work on yourself will make you a better doctor or you might find your passion somewhere else and you might even stop considering medicine.
Alexandre studies BSc (Hons) Medical Science at ARU. Find out more about this and other degree courses at one of our Open Days.