Does it matter where I live?

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Does it matter where I live?

Post by Guest23 » Tue Apr 17, 2007 3:33 pm

Generally speaking your current address should not disadvantage you in any way in terms of applying to courses. However, there may be a small ‘statistical advantage’ in applying to courses ‘in the same region’ associated with those shortlisted for interview who then eventually go on to be made an offer of a training place (see Alice Knight’s book, ‘How to become a CP’, p.74). In Knight’s book this is attributed to a “perceived commitment to the region where the course is located” – Personally I would beg to differ and would suggest that this may in fact be largely accounted for because of the way the system is set up: a sizable number of the same candidates will be interviewed by the same courses in the same region, and candidates can only take up one training place.

Taking an example:
For the sake of argument let's assume that in the North Thames region + IOP there are about 111 places to go round. If you are then fortunate enough say to be in the ‘top 60-100 applicants’ (for that region) there’s a slightly higher chance (but no guarantee) that you will get on ‘somewhere’, than if you are (in the top 100) fighting for say each of 25 places for a course in Wales, Scotland, in the Midlands and the South East. Staying with the numbers, another way of increasing the statistical chances of getting onto training is to review the number of applicants against training places in the Clearing House Handbook.*

*Just drawing attention to the stats, not suggesting this is necessarily the best way of going about choosing courses..! :wink:

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Bella: If you work out the odds in the back of the book and then apply to the 4 best places (with regards to those odds) then you might have a slightly better chance.
However you are going to have to live in the place you train for three years, so it makes more sense to pick somewhere you want to be (for me anyway!)
I think its a better option to see what kind of candidates the courses interview and take on (e.g., do they interview a lot of people with PhD's, young people etc etc) and then apply according to your experience (and where you want to be of course!)

firegal: While it can be incredibly tempting to play a stats game when application desperation is high, do not underestimate the importance of robust support systems in getting through training. If you have the opportunity to apply to a course that will keep you near to friends and family then that is not something to be overlooked. Also, do not underestimate the stress of commuting! However, be reassured that people manage to get on the course and complete the course in all sorts of situations and locations :wink:

Steve79: Personally I would try not to focus too much on the stats of courses. Try to choose those that you have a "feel" for or those you have had a good recommendation about.

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