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Will my current job have a negative effect?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by DropkickMurphy, Nov 14, 2005.

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How will my being a funeral director's assistant effect my application?

  1. Positive; shows that you truly care

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  2. Negative; so how is Dr. Frankenstein?

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  3. No effect

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  4. You do WHAT?

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  1. DropkickMurphy

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    I'm a funeral director's assistant. Basically I pick up bodies at nursing homes, hospitals, the coroner's office, homes, etc. I also assist with embalming, getting the body into the casket, meeting with families, and setting up for funerals, etc. It's a lot of "social work" and not nearly like most people expect, but then again I'm just wondering what people think how this will effect the way schools view me.
     
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  3. veenut

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    i don't see why it would have a negative effect. you could probably spin it into something very positive by noting that you have to speak with and comfort grieving family members (in much the same way a doctor would).
     
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    also, just out of curiosity, why did you want to work in a funeral home?
     
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    I put positive but it's not because you care but it's a very interesting job. It truly makes you stand out as an applicant. I am sure they'll remember the applicant who was a funeral director over an applicant who does neurobio research or whatever (no offense to neurobio researchers). And I am sure that from your job experience you have very interesting stories to tell.
     
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    I kind of stumbled into it actually.....I had quit working as a respiratory therapist because the hours were hindering my ability to take classes, so one of my friends who is a funeral director suggested I come to work at the funeral home with him.

    As for interesting stories, oh yeah...it's certainly interesting.
     
  7. Pretty POHA

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    I think it's a great thing! It's closely related to the medical field in both social and scientific ways... And even if it's an "unusual" job, it's something that is unique and VERY important. I'm glad there is a caring person like you in this sort of position!
     
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    I put positive, but for a different reason - it makes your application stand out. You will be "the funeral guy." It will give you something interesting to talk about during interviews. I am surprised that you can't find better work as a per diem RT though.
     
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    The reason I don't do per diem RT work is because the two local hospitals that need RTs treat them like crap.
     
  10. Flopotomist

    Flopotomist I love the Chicago USPS
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    yeah, but for $75 an hour (which is ballpark of the per diem RTs out here) I could be treated like crap and not care.
     
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    Holy crap.,....where are you? We only get $25 plus shift differential.
     
  12. Pretty POHA

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    Wait, what's RT? Do share your infinite wisdom!
     
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    Respiratory therapy. Basically handing out nebulizer treatments and managing ventilator patients.
     
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    Wow. I think what you're doing now would be more fun. Or interesting. But I'm a freak like that. ---> Future forensic psychiatrist
     
  15. jbrice1639

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    Yeah, I'd say it's got positive aspects mainly because it makes you stand out. i used to work in a factory building burial vaults, and that has come up in several job interviews and med school interviews just because it's unique...any time you can be unique and stand out in someone's mind, it's going to help you. and the funeral/burial industry is definitely one of the more unique out there...i know that look i get every time i tell someone i used to build burial vaults... :wow:
     
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    California.. our travellers make bank out here.. maybe you should consider doing a travelling assignment for a while before med school to make some cash.
     
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    I'd have to agree. I think being an Undertaker's assistant would be a rather cool job. Would it be weird of me to go around asking funeral directors if they need assistants???


     
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    after watching six feet under, i think it's a very cool job. of course, that's just tv.
     
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    It's nothing like TV, not even "Family Plots" comes close. It's entertaining but not in a Jerry Springer Show sort of way like portrayed on that show. Personally I wouldn't let the staff at Poway Bernardo (the funeral home on Family Plots) embalm and prep my parakeet, let alone anyone I cared about.

    FLOP, you couldn't pay me enough to go back into RT as a staff therapist, let alone a traveler. I do believe those both correspond to the 4th and 5th levels of Dante's Hell if I am not mistaken.

    BAYLOR if you can approach the funeral home in a professional manner (meaning you don't come off as a corpse-seeker just out to see gross stuff) you might stand a chance.
     
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    Positive here as well, it can go to show quite a bit of maturity within an individual.
     

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