volunteering vs shadowing

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Raio
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volunteering vs shadowing

Postby Raio » Mon Oct 11, 2010 4:56 pm

Hi, I'm currently a junior undergrad.
I'm trying to get experiences and become a good candidate for medical physics.
I did a summer Internship at a cyclotron facility this summer, and right now I inquired about shadowing or volunteering at a proton therapy center.
but I wanted to know which would be more beneficial to me.


thanks in advance for your answers.

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Re: volunteering vs shadowing

Postby geshi » Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:47 pm

I don't think I understand your question. Are you asking if shadowing or volunteering is better for your resume? I'm not sure I understand the distinction here.

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Re: volunteering vs shadowing

Postby Raio » Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:53 pm

yes, I'm asking which would be better for my resume.

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Re: volunteering vs shadowing

Postby HappyQuark » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:01 pm

I'm also not sure that I understand your distinction between shadowing and volunteering. I understand shadowing to mean that you are working under the direction of someone and volunteering to mean you are doing it for free and for the experience. I don't think the two are mutually exclusive. Are you asking about whether being a volunteer vs a paid intern/assistant makes a difference?

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Re: volunteering vs shadowing

Postby WhoaNonstop » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:12 pm

Try to get any research you can, however it is acquired, doesn't really matter.

Don't think into it this much. I don't think application committees have that much time to look at all these details.

"Omg, he volunteered instead of shadowed! -decline pile-" - Not happening. =)

-Riley

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Re: volunteering vs shadowing

Postby pqortic » Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:40 am

if shadowing means you will be working under supervision of a technician or physician do that one while volunteer means you are there just for diversion. generally consider doing the one which is more goal oriented.

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Re: volunteering vs shadowing

Postby Raio » Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:04 am

wow this actually make sense.
I think I wasn't sure about the difference between the two, and this is why I asked for both.
the director of the institution told me there was a difference, and asked to state which one I was interested in.
I told him both, was this a mistake?

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Re: volunteering vs shadowing

Postby grae313 » Tue Oct 12, 2010 6:50 pm

I thought shadowing was following someone around, volunteering was doing something without pay. Doing >> watching.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Job_shadowing

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Re: volunteering vs shadowing

Postby Raio » Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:36 pm

yeah it make sense too :(

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Re: volunteering vs shadowing

Postby HappyQuark » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:08 pm

Raio wrote:yeah it make sense too :(


I think the most logical thing to do is to ask the professor exactly what he/she means. Ask what 'shadowing' and 'volunteering' would entail and then, based on his/her descriptions, pick the one that will involve you doing the most work.




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