Advice for an phlebotomy/hospital job pathway during gap years

that_sad_fish

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    Hi all,

    I'm completing my undergrad in Dec. 2020 and planning to take ~2-3 gap years to complete post-bacc classes and devote free time to ECs (volunteering, clinical exp., shadowing, etc). Lately I've been having trouble organizing and planning out which route to take with my ECs. I recently completed a phlebotomy certification course with the hopes I could land a job in a clinical setting (so I can have a part-time income while being in a clinical/patient-centered environment), but with no experience and the effects of the pandemic, it's been tough to get one. I chose phlebotomy over CMA bc of time/financial restraints, even though it would be somewhat easier to land a job as a CMA.

    There are several non-profit clinics that I am trying to volunteer/get involved at once they start reopening/resuming normal procedures, so hopefully I'll be alright in that area. I've applied to several phlebotomy tech positions (as well as other entry level jobs) in hospitals hoping to get my foot in the door for volunteering/shadowing/clinical opportunities in the long run. However, it feels like I'm all over the place, just trying to find something.

    I recently got contacted for an interview for phlebotomist job at a plasma center, which may not be the best opportunity from a pre-med perspective (compared to working in a more traditional clinical setting), however, it is great entry level phlebotomy experience. On the other hand, I could push/focus more on getting an entry level job (trasporter, unit secretary) at a local hospital and try to transfer to phlebotomy if it allows.

    Maybe I've just been overwhelmed by the competition/rejections I've been facing with jobs/volunteering, but does anyone have any advice as to which way I could go, if I even am going the right way? Thanks.
     

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      that_sad_fish said:
      Hi all,

      I'm completing my undergrad in Dec. 2020 and planning to take ~2-3 gap years to complete post-bacc classes and devote free time to ECs (volunteering, clinical exp., shadowing, etc). Lately I've been having trouble organizing and planning out which route to take with my ECs. I recently completed a phlebotomy certification course with the hopes I could land a job in a clinical setting (so I can have a part-time income while being in a clinical/patient-centered environment), but with no experience and the effects of the pandemic, it's been tough to get one. I chose phlebotomy over CMA bc of time/financial restraints, even though it would be somewhat easier to land a job as a CMA.

      There are several non-profit clinics that I am trying to volunteer/get involved at once they start reopening/resuming normal procedures, so hopefully I'll be alright in that area. I've applied to several phlebotomy tech positions (as well as other entry level jobs) in hospitals hoping to get my foot in the door for volunteering/shadowing/clinical opportunities in the long run. However, it feels like I'm all over the place, just trying to find something.

      I recently got contacted for an interview for phlebotomist job at a plasma center, which may not be the best opportunity from a pre-med perspective (compared to working in a more traditional clinical setting), however, it is great entry level phlebotomy experience. On the other hand, I could push/focus more on getting an entry level job (trasporter, unit secretary) at a local hospital and try to transfer to phlebotomy if it allows.

      Maybe I've just been overwhelmed by the competition/rejections I've been facing with jobs/volunteering, but does anyone have any advice as to which way I could go, if I even am going the right way? Thanks.
      Working at a plasma center will be great clinical experience. Go for it! Good luck. :)
       
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