the national WORK EXPERIENCE STUDENT PRIZE

Once you have submitted your first piece of evidence you are in the running for the prize – it’s as easy as that! There is no registration required!

Medic Mentor are always looking for ways to create more opportunities for our students to develop themselves personally and professionally. We provide our students with unique experiences that will support their personal statements and provide rich content for university interviews. We want to see our students succeed, and our Mentors from across the UK have been giving up their time and working tirelessly to bring thousands of students an incredible freely available live work experience that connects students to our doctors, dentists, vets, for one day every month.  Students have been taken on a journey through several patient stories that have showcased a variety of healthcare professionals and settings

So, if you are a student who has participated and enjoyed any of our virtual work experiences so far (no matter how many sessions you have participated in), we have a great opportunity for you to give back to all of the work experience team here at Medic Mentor, simply by being an amazing Mentor yourself and paying it all forward. We will be rewarding the best student mentors with the Work Experience Prize!

What is the Work Experience Prize?

The competition is a fantastic way for you to pay it forward, by sharing the work experience opportunity with other students in year’s 10-13 or S3-S6, acting as a role model and student mentor for other aspiring students!  Participating in the competition will enable you to develop key skills such as confidence, verbal and written communication, leadership, teaching and presentation skills. Even if you do not win, the experience of participating in this competition will help you to hone your skills and become more confident for your medical/dental/ veterinary university application, whilst encouraging you to develop the skills of an excellent future healthcare professional!   

You can also use some of your competition tasks towards the Awards Criteria!  Not to mention, that activities like this will look AMAZING on your CV, UCAS application and your university interviews!

Who is eligible?

The competition is only available MEDIC MENTOR students. You will have needed to have attended a Work Experience session, one of the Get into Conference’s and also be on the Virtual Medical Society.

How do I win?

We have created a scoring system to help us quantify how proactively you have mentored other students, by sharing information about the Medic Mentor Work Experience programme with your fellow aspiring Medics, Dentists, Vets!

Medic Mentor will provide you with as many resources as we can to help you with the competition.  On this page you can find email templaites, posters and useful information to help you get started! We will also be adding resources over the coming weeks for you to share and dropping files on a dedicated work experience prize SLACK channel.  The Medic Mentor slack group is like a moderated Whatsapp group where all of mentors, students, parents and teachers keep in touch with useful opportunities and information about the medical, vet and dental application process.  You can download slack as an app on your phone and message mentors for help on the go! Most of our work experience students are already on SLACK but if you want to gain access, you must be a proactive member of Medic Mentor, Vet Mentor or Dental Mentor and participated in at least 1 of our programmes such the Awards Programme, Virtual Medical Society, Medical Leadership Programme or Summer Schools.  You can still participate in the programme without joining the Slack app – this is entirely optional.  However, many of our students find it beneficial and motivating to be conntected with like-minded students and the mentors. 

The scoring system is very straight forward. There is no limit to how many points you can accumulate and the student mentors with highest number of points at the end of the competition will win!

Scoring Criteria

Share posts about Medic Mentor’s Work Experience Programme from Medic Mentor’s Instagram, Facebook or Twitter 5 points for every social media share
Put your teacher in touch with the School Liaison Team so that the whole school can benefit from funding to attend Medic Mentor Programmes for free 5 points for contacting your teachers via email
Put up a poster on a school or community notice board. This could also be a virtual notice board like your school’s blackboard or Moodle. 5 points for every notice board at school or within your local community e.g. places of worship/clubs/GP practices/local shops etc but please remember that you MUST get permission before putting up posters.  Once it has been displayed take a snap of your poster and share it with us on instagram @medicmentor / facebook /twitter @medicmentor1
Send an email campaign 5 points for contacting your Head of Sixth form or Careers and asking them to send an email campaign about the work experience programme to all of your colleagues at the school.
Deliver a presentation to your school assembly, extra curricular club or groups outside of school 10 points for every presentation that you give to your Medic’s Society, form tutor group or in assembly about the free work experience programme. You could also extend this to your clubs and groups outside of school.  Presentations will help to build confidence, is a valuable skill for doctors and will boost your interview performance too!  Evidence will be a confirmation from your teacher or club organiser, who can email the school liaison team
Get creative! Think of other ways that you can pay it forward, that stretch your creative, teaching and leadership abilities.  You might want to create a YouTube vide0, or write a blog for example! 10 points
Contribute to your school’s career webpage/social media 10 points for contacting the careers department and asking them to post a link to the work experience programme on your school’s career webpage on the school website, or school’s social media page – along with helpful information explaining what it is!

Follow social media accounts on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok

Instagram: @medicmentor

@dentalmentorfamily

@vetmentorfamily

@thenationalworkexperienceprize

Facebook: Medic Mentor

Tik Tok: Medic_Mentor

5 points for following all of these social accounts

Prizes!

The students that score the most points will win the Work Experience Prizes and will receive a free magazine subscription for themselves and one for the school.  Medic Mentor will also make a contribution of books to your school library and feature the winners in an article in the Magazine itself!  Each winning student will also be awarded a £100 cash prize! THERE ARE 10 PRIZES OF £100 UP FOR GRABS!

When is the deadline?

The deadline for this competition will be 5pm on the 21st of June 2021! You might be wondering… is that not after the last work experience session? Well you heard it here first – Medic Mentor will be continuing the live work experience sessions until December 2021!  So, you can continue to participate in the work experience programme beyond March 2021!  For those of you who have missed any of the work experience sessions, they will be replaying from the very first wex!  So whilst it will still be live, you can come back to watch the day again for fun, or if you are new to the wex you will have another chance to see the session and complete the WEX course for a certificate!

 

How do I submit my evidence?

You can submit your evidence online using the form at this link: https://airtable.com/shrrOUVvWttpuTz18

You must collect one piece of evidence for each of the tasks above in the form of a screenshot, reference or certificate.  You will be able to upload these onto the form.  For example, if you have produced a YouTube video or emailed your teacher, please screenshot the video and the email once it has been sent.  We will accept screenshots for social media posts, email campaigns, posters, careers webpages, blog posts and anything else.  We would encourage you to collect as many certificates and references as possible for each presentation that you complete, not only for the competition, but for your own evidence to take to your university interviews or use for the Awards Programme!

You must collect all your evidence as you go along.  Try to stay organised and keep it all in one place.  Students who are regularly mentoring and sharing information each week are the most likely to win the competition!

 

 

Tips for Social Media

Instagram

1. Visit Medic Mentors pages on instagram @medicmentor @dentalmentorfamily @vetmentorfamily @thenatioanalworkexperienceprize sharing work experience posts to your stories and grids with a supporting comment. Remember you get 5 points for every share. You can also earn 5 points by following all 4 instagram accounts as well as either our Medic Mentor facebook page (Medic Mentor) or our TikTok account – (medic_mentor)

2. Create your own insta image or video about your personal experience on work experience, and why you feel others should get involved!

3. Go live on IGTV! If you loved the surgery session, or anything else …. Share this experience and encourage your friends and followers to ask you questions!

Twitter

If you have a twitter account, make good use of this to promote the campaign.  

1. Visit the Medic Mentor twitter page @medicmentor1

2. Retweet any posts that have already been posted on the MM twitter page regarding work experience

3. Please also take a moment to tweet a supportive comment on the MM twitter page to encourage others to join.  This will encourage other students to get involved in the work experience programme.

4. If you do follow an influencer, you may wish to contact them directly to ask for their support.  Always check how many followers this could reach, influencers can have from 1,000 followers, right up to 100,000 – think about how widely an influencer can help you to spread awareness! Please remember to screen shot any message an influencer posts for your evidence!

5. Our official hashtag is #mmwexandme

Facebook

If you have a Facebook (FB) account, make good use of this to promote the campaign.  

1. Visit the Medic Mentor Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MedicMentor/

2. Share posts that have already been posted on the MM FB page about work experience

3. Please also take a moment to post a supportive comment on the MM FB post to encourage others to join us. When other people can see how proactive our community are being, they too will be encouraged to get involved.

4. Please share posts onto your friends and family FB pages and ask them to share it with their friends too.

5. If you feel confident, you can also use the Facebook LIVE option, where you can create a live video on your newsfeed, which alerts your connections that you are live and they can click on to watch your live stream.

6. Always remain professional at all times, you will be an ambassador of Medic Mentor and we are incredibly proud of you!

 

Tips for contacting your Teachers

Don’t forget to involve your school in your campaigning!  

You can email your teachers using the cover email provided below.  Invite them to support our programme and invite more students to join you on your work experience journey!  You can adjust the template to suit you.  Please remember to fill in the blanks and italics on this template before you email it out!

Template email for teachers

Dear ___________

I have entered a competition with Medic Mentor, for their Work Experience Award.  As you may be aware, I have been participating in Live Work Experience with them for medicine/dentistry/veterinarian (delete as appropriate), which I have found invaluable, and would like the opportunity to share my experience with other students throughout school/college to encourage them to consider joining the work experience programme with me.  Not only is this a competition where I can potentially win £100, but will be crucial in my skills development and I hope to inspire other students and help raise aspirations in the school as a whole!

If the opportunity presents itself, I will welcome the chance to deliver a presentation to my year group/school assembly/medical society (delete as appropriate) where I can present how I have made good use of the programme and share what I have learnt.  This will also help me develop confidence with my presentation skills, and I can develop valuable teaching and leadership skills, which will be fundamental in my university application and future career.

I have been creating posts and images on my social media, and would like to ask if you could consider adding these to our school website/social media channel, as the work experience programmes are accessible to all students!

Here are the links to the work experience programme, which we could add to our careers page:

For aspiring doctors: https://medicmentor.co.uk/university-hospitals-birmingham-trust-virtual-work-experience/

For aspiring dentists: https://medicmentor.co.uk/dental-live-virtual-work-experience/

For aspiring vets: https://medicmentor.co.uk/veterinary-virtual-live-work-experience/

These programmes are free to students and will help them to make informed career decisions.

Not to mention, that this would help me earn points in the competition! Medic Mentor have been a valuable support system to me, and they do have a dedicated team to support schools as a whole.  If you are interested in contacting them, you can email schoolvisits@medicmentorfamily.org and the team can explore allocating funding to our school, to help even more students on their free and funded programmes!

If you have any questions, or are able to support me with this competition, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kindest Regards

STUDENT NAME

Tips for your school Medsoc, clubs and community groups

You can email your medsoc colleagues or contact your club or community leaders to create more awareness. You can adapt the template for teachers and an example of this has been included below. This will hopefully help you to mentor and inspire other students that you know within and outside of school!

Dear ___________

I have entered a competition with Medic Mentor, for their Work Experience Award.  As you may be aware, I have been participating in Live Work Experience with them for medicine/dentistry/veterinarian (delete as appropriate), which I have found invaluable, and would like the opportunity to share my experience with other students in the club/society/group to encourage them to consider joining the free work experience programme with me.  Not only is this a competition where I can potentially win £100, but will be crucial in my skills development and I hope to inspire other students and help raise aspirations in the club/society/group as a whole!

If the opportunity presents itself, I will welcome the chance to deliver a presentation to my year group/school assembly/medical society (delete as appropriate) where I can present how I have made good use of the programme and share what I have learnt.  This will also help me develop confidence with my presentation skills, and I can develop valuable teaching and leadership skills, which will be fundamental in my university application and future career.

I have been creating posts and images on my social media, and would like to ask if you could consider adding these to our club/society/group website/social media channel, as the work experience programmes are accessible to all students!

Here is the link to the work experience programme, which we could add to our club/society/group webpage:

For aspiring doctors: https://medicmentor.co.uk/university-hospitals-birmingham-trust-virtual-work-experience/

For aspiring dentists: https://medicmentor.co.uk/dental-live-virtual-work-experience/

For aspiring vets: https://medicmentor.co.uk/veterinary-virtual-live-work-experience/

These programmes are free to students and will help them to make informed career decisions.

Not to mention, that this would help me earn points in the competition! Medic Mentor have been a valuable support system to me, and they do have a dedicated team to support schools as a whole.  If you are interested in contacting them, you can email schoolvisits@medicmentorfamily.org and the team can explore allocating funding to our club/society/group, to help even more students on their free and funded programmes!

If you have any questions, or are able to support me with this competition, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kindest Regards

STUDENT NAME

 

Tips for Posters

We are encouraging all of our students to create their own posters and share it with us!  The mentors and senior leadership team love seeing all of your creative pieces!  Once you have created a poster, consider posting it on a school noticeboard, or in the community.  You must make sure that you get permission from the relevant people first before putting up posters.  Explain to them about your involvement in the competition, what the work experience programme is and how it is free for students to access.  Once you have put it up on a noticeboard, please take a pic to upload as evidence and send it in to us on our instagram @medicmentor / facebook / Twitter @medicmentor1 so that all of the Mentors and Scholars can see your lovely creations!

Whilst you are coming up with ideas for posters, we have created a few for you to share below and remember that the more creations and posters that you circulate the more points that you rack up for the competition too!

             

Get Creative!

We love seeing amazing videos created by Medic Mentor students (and parents)! But feel free to get creative and share all of your lovely creations with us over social media/youtube and in within school.  These could be banners or tiktoks or anything else that we have not thought about.  If you do create something special, please let us know so that we can thank you properly – share it with us via email (admin@medicmentor.org) or better still on our social media so that all of the scholars and mentors who have worked hard to create the WEX can see them too!

There are top points available for this criteria and we love seeing your creations!  Thank you for being amazing students to teach.