Work Experience and Volunteering


What is work experience?

Work experience is a fantastic way of gaining insight into a career especially what a day in the life is like for that job. It can be a valuable way for you to develop confidence and experience caring for people. With over 350 career options available in health and care it can seem a daunting experience to choose which job is right for you and work experience can help you with those decisions.

Volunteering – What makes this different to work experience?

Unlike work experience, which tends to fulfil specific learning/observation requirements of the individual, volunteering is most often used to benefit others. Work experience is often a shadowing opportunity with a set learning or exposure objective. Whereas volunteering tends to be more long term with the focus on giving something back. Both work experience and volunteering will develop your skills and strengths. With volunteering you will have flexibility to select your preferred times/shifts and role.

Brighton Sussex Medical School Virtual Work Experience

This course provides a ‘virtual’ work experience for those looking to apply to medical school. This will introduce to the NHS before exploring the roles and skill sets of six different medical specialists. Along the way, you will also consider some of the challenges and wider issues doctors face.



This virtual work experience tool designed to provide some of the most important points you might have learnt in real-world work experience about being a doctor in the NHS. Vitally, the course also gives you opportunity to become familiar with reflecting on your experiences in order to make them as valuable to you as possible.

The six different medical specialties are explored using presentations, patient cases and quizzes. Each module focuses on common clinical situations that you might have encountered in real work experience and highlight important points related to being a doctor, such as skills and qualities. It is not designed to increase your understanding of science and medical theory.

This course is not designed to completely replace experience completed in the real world, but to provide an insight into medicine and being a doctor.

The content explored may supplement work experience already achieved and/or allow you to build knowledge in areas of medicine you may have not had access to. As such, this virtual work experience tool will help you make an informed decision of whether applying to medical school is right for you.

For more information or to apply for free click here.

Dr You, a virtual information programme by HEE

Doctor You has been set up by Health Education England, part of the National Health Service (NHS), to encourage more people to consider a career in medicine.

Being a doctor is like no other career. Every day you have the ability to help people recover from illness or injury, change lives or even save lives. It can be challenging but also hugely rewarding.

There are quite a few myths about who can or can’t be a doctor. The fact is doctors come from all sorts of different backgrounds, they’ve often learnt different subjects at school, and you don’t have to worry about always getting top grades. If you are interested in becoming a doctor, why not look into it and give it a go?

For more information, resources, videos and to hear what it’s like being a doctor click here.