Jun 14, 2016
5
0
Status
Pre-Medical
Hey guys,

I just graduated from undergrad, currently in the app process, and I'm taking a gap year before I (hopefully) start medical school. I've been working for the past few weeks I just recently got a job. I work 4 shifts a week, 4 hours each, so 16 hours total per week. I just recently got another job as a pharm tech at Walgreens which i will be starting on Monday. I probably would not want to work more than 20-24 hours a week for that job, because that would add up to 40 hours total if I include my other job. However, I don't know if you can do less than 8 hour shifts at Walgreens as a PT, can you? I want to try and create a schedule that won't be too taxing on me physically and mentally. Input from people who have been in this situation would be nice. My current job is pretty flexible and Walgreens said they would be too, I hope.

Do you think it would be better for me to work both jobs on the same days, or should I work at Walgreens on the days that I don't work at my other job (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are my free days currently) That is something that sounds reasonable, but I kind of saved those days if I have to travel for med school interviews... It would be very annoying not only for me but also my supervisors if I had to keep changing my work schedule constantly. I already have 3 interview invites, and hopefully I will be getting more of them. However, I also feel like if I worked 8 hour shifts at Walgreens and then went to my other job and worked for 4 hours I would be tired and not perform that well..

Thoughts?
 

DrHart

5+ Year Member
Jan 2, 2013
1,064
1,448
Chicago
Status
Pre-Medical
Hey guys,

I just graduated from undergrad, currently in the app process, and I'm taking a gap year before I (hopefully) start medical school. I've been working for the past few weeks I just recently got a job. I work 4 shifts a week, 4 hours each, so 16 hours total per week. I just recently got another job as a pharm tech at Walgreens which i will be starting on Monday. I probably would not want to work more than 20-24 hours a week for that job, because that would add up to 40 hours total if I include my other job. However, I don't know if you can do less than 8 hour shifts at Walgreens as a PT, can you? I want to try and create a schedule that won't be too taxing on me physically and mentally. Input from people who have been in this situation would be nice. My current job is pretty flexible and Walgreens said they would be too, I hope.

Do you think it would be better for me to work both jobs on the same days, or should I work at Walgreens on the days that I don't work at my other job (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are my free days currently) That is something that sounds reasonable, but I kind of saved those days if I have to travel for med school interviews... It would be very annoying not only for me but also my supervisors if I had to keep changing my work schedule constantly. I already have 3 interview invites, and hopefully I will be getting more of them. However, I also feel like if I worked 8 hour shifts at Walgreens and then went to my other job and worked for 4 hours I would be tired and not perform that well..

Thoughts?
I'll throw my 2c in here. I'm just coming off of my first gap year where I worked 2 part time jobs. One job had 5 5-hour shifts a week. And the other was 2 8-hour shifts + a 4 hour shift. About 45 hours a week total.

I recommend taking at least one day a week off if possible. I often worked 2 or 3 weeks straight without a day off and even though it wasn't 8 hours every day, the hours still added up and it was pretty tough sometimes. In your situation, I would ask if you could do a 4 or 6 hour shift at Walgreens (you never know, they might be agreeable to it). See if you can work two 8 hour shifts on your days off (Th, F, S) and then two 4 or 6 hour shifts that don't conflict with your other job.

An 8 hour + a 4 hour shift isn't the end of the world... it makes for a long day but its still doable. Also, don't fret about interviews conflicting. My guess is that your medical school goals came up in the interview? They should be understanding if you need to take a day or two to travel. Usually you can schedule interviews a few weeks out, which allows you to give your supervisors enough of a heads up. IIs may slow down later in the cycle, so you really shouldn't worry about it.

Like I said though, take a day off if you can. I'm right there with you and I love to work and save up some $$ before med school, but make time for yourself and your sanity too! Good luck friend
 
About the Ads