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A prescription for success: students receive the graduate treatment

Students at the Medical and
Biomedical Science Forum 2010

UTS Science undergraduate students were spoilt for career choice at the annual Medical and Biomedical Science Forum.

A clear message was sent to the 200-plus crowd, consisting of first to final year science students: there are many ways to use your undergraduate degree. The line up of speakers was large and varied, and it was shown that despite choosing the same undergraduate degree, the options after study are endless.

Former UTS Science students now studying medicine gave their first hand experiences and personal tips in surviving (and succeeding) the GAMSAT, a gruelling 5 hour exam required for those wishing to study medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. Their experiences were brutally honest, with Nathan, a forensic biology graduate now pursuing postgraduate medicine at Notre Dame, describing his exam day as “the most horrible day of my life”. While it seemed horrible at the time, all agreed that it was “a great experience, and one that got me to where I am today”. The panel session was the perfect opportunity to ask questions, and dispel the many rumours surrounding the Medicine degree (for the record, it really is that competitive - only 4% of applicants make the cut).

Alternate study options were also discussed, with talks from Honours, Masters and PhD candidates. Recollections were entertaining at times “I hated having friends that were making money and I wasn’t” and inspirational at others “you get to satisfy that childhood like wonder about the world”.

Careers were also well represented, with speakers from the public and private sectors. Listening to such talks helped Ansha Malik, a 2nd year Biomedical Science student, “make real sense of what I’ve read on the (UTS Science) website. I always knew there were lots of options, I just didn’t know how many”.

Speakers included graduates,
trainees and industry
representatives

Narelle Woodland, Senior Lecturer from the Department of Medical and Molecular Biosciences within the Faculty of Science, could not stress the importance of knowing your options. “Career paths are very flexible with a science undergraduate degree because these graduates have lots of employable attributes – strong communication skills, an ability to work independently, and learnt analytical and problem solving traits. It is important for students to know this, and to know that UTS provides many avenues of help, whichever path you decide to choose”.

The Forum was a collaboration between the UTS Careers Service and the Faculty of Science, organised solely for the students’ benefit. And benefit it did. For those unsure of what to do after their 3 year stint, it was just what the doctor ordered.

By Elizabeth Kuo

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