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Offering help reviewing applications for marginalised applications

Post by rhapsodyinred » Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:01 pm

Hi everyone :)

Nearly every year, I offer to review applications/personal statements for people who are marginalised in some way (eg. BME, disabled, queer, and first generation applicants). This is free! I do this to help make higher education, academia, and clinical professions more representative - and I recognise that accessing higher education if often inequitable.

A couple of notes:
- I can't review more than 20 applications, sorry!
- I will *not* write your application or PS for you.
- I am happy to chat by Skype about how you can represent your strengths and experiences if that's something that would be helpful.
- I am happy to review/edit for grammar and spelling, and give pointers on where things might benefit from being rephrased.
- I can't guarantee you're going to get in! Please don't get upset at me if you don't get an offer :(

If it helps, I'm a first year trainee (first time applying, three interviews, two offers) with a masters and honours undergrad. I've been a freelance editor for 8 years.

(Mods, I hope this is okay to post! If there's anything you'd like me to change, that's fine :) )

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Re: Offering help reviewing applications for marginalised applications

Post by miriam » Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:58 pm

Great offer :)
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Re: Offering help reviewing applications for marginalised applications

Post by Smallblonde02 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:37 pm

This is a great offer and I would certainly be interested!

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Re: Offering help reviewing applications for marginalised applications

Post by rhapsodyinred » Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:44 pm

Smallblonde02 wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:37 pm
This is a great offer and I would certainly be interested!
Should have written this in the original post, but send me a pm if interested! :)

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Re: Offering help reviewing applications for marginalised applications

Post by rhapsodyinred » Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:45 pm

Just to add quickly - I really don't like doing this, but I'd appreciate it if people could mention how they feel they fit into the groups I've highlighted above (BME, disabled, queer/LGBTQ+, and first generation applicants). By first generation I mean that you are the first person in your family to go to uni. I'm going on goodwill here and certainly not going to ask for "marginalised person credentials", I just have limited time and am really trying to offer support to people who are disadvantaged by the application and/or selection process. If these identities don't describe you but you feel you still are disadvantaged in some way, you can still pm me and I'll see on a case-by-case basis.

If you're not within the groups I mentioned, I'd encourage you to reflect on how a good clinician supports and empowers others to achieve their goals, and the importance of cultural competency and being aware of disadvantage. That sort of reflection is definitely helpful when writing your application, and when interviewing.

(Tiny side note: if you are messaging me, please put your first name or initials in the subject line! It makes it tricky for me to see who is who otherwise)

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Re: Offering help reviewing applications for marginalised applications

Post by JJW73 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:36 am

Hello,

It's possible you've already reviewed the 20 applications but if you do still have the time/space, I would really appreciate a review- I've pm'd you :)

Thanks!

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Re: Offering help reviewing applications for marginalised applications

Post by Spatch » Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:29 pm

Does anyone do this for marginalised qualifieds looking to make consultant?
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Re: Offering help reviewing applications for marginalised applications

Post by rhapsodyinred » Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:19 pm

Spatch wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:29 pm
Does anyone do this for marginalised qualifieds looking to make consultant?
I don't know, but that would be great! The Minorities Group might be willing to help with that? I'm obviously only a first year trainee, but I'm always happy to proofread for spelling/grammar/sentence structure etc. I've been a freelance editor for 8 years, so I'm definitely willing to put that experience to good use.

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Post by miriam » Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:59 pm

You know I'd always review an application or do some interview prep with you, Spatch :)
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Post by Spatch » Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:42 pm

It’s not necessarily writing an application or interview. It’s just having a suitable post come up.
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Re: Offering help reviewing applications for marginalised applications

Post by miriam » Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:15 pm

Well that is a challenge for everyone, and isn't to do with minority status.
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Re: Offering help reviewing applications for marginalised applications

Post by workingmama » Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:07 pm

I'll eat my own liver if it doesn't make it a dang sight harder though.
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Re: Offering help reviewing applications for marginalised applications

Post by miriam » Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:25 am

I'm curious why you think that, workingmama, as I can't see the mechanism by which that would play out (which is perfectly possible, as I've had a long day and my brain isn't functioning on full capacity, and I've had the privilege of being white and may be blind to variables that others are aware of).

I have no doubt that BME candidates can find it harder to secure a post if competing for one, but I'm not sure how a potential applicant's ethnic origins make it more or less likely that a post in the right specialism and geography would become vacant or be created/funded with the right timing. Unless you think that minority candidates are less likely to be located where more senior posts exist, or think that consultant grade posts are created with particular applicants in mind (when in my experience, very few higher banded posts are being created in the last few years, and most vacancies are triggered by someone retiring, moving into management, or moving out of the NHS). I guess there might plausibly be some variables that impact on the ability to relocate for posts, or the viable length of commute. But wouldn't the sheer odds of existence of a post within x miles of any location would be the same for a BME candidate as the white CP living next door?
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Re: Offering help reviewing applications for marginalised applications

Post by workingmama » Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:55 pm

No, I was thinking very loosely about the point rather than directly to whether ethnicity affects the posts that come up. I meant more that, on top of the scarcity of relevant and geographically manageable posts, comes the additional barriers of being BAME or other factors which affect the likelihood of being shortlisted or offered the post. Sorry - wasn't clear about my meaning. You obviously put lots of though into replying to what my post looked like I was thinking. Muddy typing on my part :-)
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Re: Offering help reviewing applications for marginalised applications

Post by rhapsodyinred » Fri Nov 23, 2018 5:13 pm

Hi all,

I'm up to capacity with PS statement reviews and can't do any more this application season, sorry! I'll be back up and running next year again :)

To all the people whose statements I reviewed (and all candidates in general) - good luck!

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