Tips & Tricks

Advice for Pre-Meds with Campus Jobs

It’s no secret that Hopkins undergrads on the pre-med or other pre-health tracks have a lot on their plate. Between heavy course loads, prepping for the MCAT, and everything else you need to do to apply to medical school, there’s a lot of pressure to do things the “right” way, whatever that means.

When it comes to campus jobs, though, there’s no one right way to do it. Ellen Snydman, the Assistant Director of the Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising, said that there is no single campus job that is the best job for pre-med and pre-health students.

“In general, students benefit from the responsibility of having a job—the skills acquired from working on campus are important to building professionalism in all career fields,” Snydman said. “Any campus job they acquire will likely help them with communication skills, time management, organization, professionalism, teamwork, and reliability and dependability.”

Snydman added that medical schools understand and respect that many students work to help pay for school.

“Medical schools have an appreciation for students who have to earn a pay check,” she said. “They recognize the need for students to earn income while balancing their academics and pre-med responsibilities with a job, regardless of the work environment.”

Plus, Snydman said that many kinds of jobs help students develop skills listed among the 15 Core Competencies that medical schools look for in applicants.

Although whatever campus job you have will help you develop valuable skills for any field, pre-meds may want to look for research opportunities on Student Employment’s Job Search Portal, or by contacting professors and paying attention to pre-med and major-specific email lists, like two upperclassmen students recommended.

That being said, research jobs can come in a variety of different forms. According to Snydman, research experience is valuable no matter what field it’s in.

“The notion of research should be about discovery, inquiry, and investigation. It doesn’t always come from bench work or wet labs,” Snydman said. “Generally speaking, it doesn’t matter to medical schools how you obtain the research experience, although there are some prestigious research internships and awards available that are great to obtain; it’s more about the process of research.”

So, pre-med and pre-health students: are you ready to look for a job? If you have any lingering questions, you can reach out to Pre-Professional Advising.

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