Friday, October 15, 2004

argh - i've been cheated... by a charity!

after weeks of stress over my ucas university application, trying desperately to get the teachers to hurry up and do my predicted grades and reference, ive had to go back to square one because theyve just told me that my 3 months "work experience" at the local hospital does not actually count as work experience for a medical career. i feel totally ripped off by Outset, the organisation (which i think is also a government charity or something) that organised the work-experience/voluntary-work for me, cos they told me (and a lot of other people) repeatedly that what we were doing did count as work experience for medicine. (i think they also said it counted for other medical stuff like dentistry, nursing and pharmacy, so even more ppl are being ripped off than i thought...) I didnt mind doing the voluntary work - i actually felt good about taking a bit of pressure off the NHS - but the main reason i did it was cos i had been told it was good experience for becoming a doctor or other medic. if i had known that it was just voluntary work and not work experience, i wouldnt have done it when i did, i'd have done it during the summer holidays. (i did it during term time).
now i feel like ive been tricked into doing this work - theyve used misleading advertising to get lots of young people to do voluntary work. i think it could be one of these government initiatives to get young ppl off the street and doing something good (all this "tough on crime and the causes of crime" campaign malarkey) but if this is the government's way of looking like theyre doing something about youth crime, they are going completely the wrong way about it. the sort of people who want to be doctors are not exactly the sort of people who want to be criminals. if you want to be a doctor, you have to work hard and get straight As in your A-levels. the type of kids who are most likely to be criminals are unlikely to do the following things:
1. take A-levels; 2. take science A-levels; 3. get triple A grades; 4. want to be a doctor; 5. want to do voluntary work.
sure, it looks like theyre tackling crime - theyre getting teenagers off the streets, and all "daily mail" readers and other similar adults (the type of ppl who think the country is going to the dogs and can all be blamed on teenagers, asylum seekers, left-wing politicians and rising house prices) seem to think that all teenagers are criminals or potential criminals, so "getting them off the streets" (which is the phrase they always use) will lower crime rates. but the problem with this policy is that theyre getting the wrong teenagers off the streets - the type who are least likely to commit crime.

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