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Working while doing a medicine degree

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Joined: 01 Apr 2008
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Location: Perth, WA

PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

one of my class mates commented that the NAB loan was no longer available? does anyone know anything about this?
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Joined: 13 Dec 2011
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Location: Adelaide Australia

PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe so! If so it's a shame, it was a really good product and a great wayfor them to start a relationship with a market of future high earning customers. When I went through there was also a loan product offered by a group called Wright Evans but I think that may have been administered by the NAB. Good luck y'all
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Joined: 16 Jan 2012
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Location: Australia

PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:14 am    Post subject: Re: Working while doing a medicine degree Reply with quote

Tom wrote:
If you guys get in to Med, do you plan to work at all during the degree? I imagine the degree to be a hell of a lot more demanding than normal undergrad degrees - obviously - and having a part-time job could be really hard to maintain. How do you plan to support yourself financially? (Apparently this is a question that sometimes gets asked in the interviews would you believe!)

For those still living at home (like myself) it is obviously potentially a lot easier, but even so, some cashola needs to be earnt/had/spent etc... How to manage it all when doing a degree that is probably more demanding than most full-time jobs, what with the contact, then the study and exams etc. etc.???

Any thoughts?

I think you can do it one of many ways: get a job that is quick and gets you good money in short time eg. tutoring someone science subjects. I remember I used to teach HSC kids physics and maths for about $30 per hour, that was geeeeeee, close to 20 years ago. Nowadays you might be able to charge $50/hr Very Happy Do it in group and charge each kid $40 per hour if you are business oriented. Some of my friends did that. I just couldn't be bothering talking to two people at once. Another friend would book out all his Saturday for tutoring. He would visit HSC students in their homes one after another. In a Saturday he could teach up to say 6 or 7 kids. He tells me sometimes he earns as much as $600 per weekend if he also taught on Sundays. He kept doing this throughout med school, and actually went to buy a house of his own in internship Very Happy That was one extreme. Ofcourse he probably still needed to borrow some from the bank to pay for the difference.

Alternatively do a job that is brainless eg. mop the floor. And just listen to your pod cast lectures or recite to yourself your anatomy stuff what not Very Happy That might work out too. I did try to apply to mop Westfield but they told me I am "over qualified". C'mon I was only 2nd year, what qualification?

Certainly by third year things started to get more serious I quitted all jobs. But there's more! Very Happy From time to time universities put out posters to ask for guinea pigs. "20 Volunteers needed with a history of asthma" for testing whatever. They reimburse you heavily but only episodically. Whilst these look attractive, I generally stay away from putting my health directly on the line. Afterall, without health, can't study.

There's also HECS loans and something called austudy in my times, probably called something else now. Basically slow ripping of you by government, which is worth considering if you have no money at present. You'll see the government is meaner and meaner towards students after each election. Real b@stards.

You can also look at cost reduction. Don't buy brand new books mate. Second hand book store will become your second best friend, after your lecturer. Or get discount books from Coop Bookshops or Medsocs. Some of friends just borrowed books from library. This is where things can get ugly though. You'll find people hiding books Very Happy

Have fun.
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Location: Adelaide Australia

PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just another idea I've run into of late. I've recently started doing a lot of medical writing. The well paying stuff is for private enterprise/pharma trials etc and requires you to have finished your degree, but there's also a LOT of less formal medical/accademic writing work available. Check out ELance/PopSci or one of the other freelance websites and you'll see that there's a stack of stuff available.

Most of it is posts for blogs on a particular health subject etc and might pay $10-20 per 300 word post, but certainly worth a look as a slow stream of income that's highly flexible with respect to study/exams/clinical rotations. You might also run into some better paying stuff from time to time.

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