The problem with trying ot get a job in a lab is actually finding a lab that will take you on, train you knowing that you might/will leave with in a relatively short time (couple years). It takes that long for your skills to reach a level of proficiency where it is beneficial for the lab. So, are they willing to invest their time in helpign you with your dental skills? Some are, but it is hard to find them.I've worked as a DA for the past year. I've also had the chance to a substantial amount of lab work including taking impressions, making retainers, nightguards, matrices, etc., and waxing. I would suggest working in a dental lab. My hand skills have increased dramatically and I know next year in dental school the experience will be invaluable.
I took handbuilding ceramics, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'd recommend taking any class possible that you use your hands with. If you claim that you are good with your hands, then a basic ceramics class should be a breeze. A lot of the kids complained that it was "too hard" and "too much work" but honestly, I felt like I was in preschool again, except that I had to clean up after myself... Either way, I had a great time, and I made some cool stuff, pots, bowls, mugs, a beer stein, and a large dodecahedron that I still haven't figured out quite what do do with!what do you recommend 'a'?thankyou