Before I start registering my answer to this question, I need to tell u guys that there are two kind of people who opts to work while preparing for exams.
The first kind are those doctors who because of their family situation had to go work and earn.
There is a second group which we don’t acknowledge, this group includes doctors who are talented but still are not the kind of people who can read 12 – 15 hours a day for a year or so continuously.
I belong to the second group, there is a popular statement among our community that if someone opts to work and did not get a PG seat after a year of completing the UG, they start telling that u are not talented enough. I completely disagree with this, at the end of the day if you are earning and u are happy with your slow and steady preparations, it’s all good. And its better to work and read for 3–4 hours a day rather than stay home and read 4–5 hours and waste the remaining hours due to lack of concentration.
With this let me tell what my plan would be while working:
1. You need to make a conscious effort in finding a job where u could set a balance, balance as in, Make sure you get paid enough at the same time you have enough time everyday to read and rest well.
2. The second thing you could do is to make a proper plan, the plan should not be over ambitious at the same time should not be too small for a day.
3. Third is to check where u stand among the sea of NEET aspirants, one disadvantage when you decide to prepare while doing a job and take a few more years extra is the competition which would pile up and you need to be ready for it.
4. The final thing would be to work hard with the same intensity throughout the year, since you are not reading 8-12 hours a day, you can’t allow yourself to take a day off, unless it is needed very much.
Let me explain these points further,
Finding a job:
I think the jobs that would help us the most are certain type of clinical jobs and many non-clinical jobs, I would recommend you to take clinical jobs in a hospital with night shifts, u could alter your sleep cycle if you are going to work night shifts every day, since the number of cases u get in night shifts will not be that high in certain peripheries, you would get plenty of time to study while at the hospital But I know that this might be not the case in every hospitals so choose wisely.
The second option would be to choose a non-clinical job, You may think that we would get out of touch clinically but so does ppl who take a year off to study, u can cover that up if you get a PG seat in a good institute. There are lots of medical editor jobs which you could join and be in touch with studies while doing your job, so search for those jobs, one example would be medical editor jobs in marrow and other PG preparation oriented institutes.
This is the most important, if u don’t have a plan, u won’t make the cut, Be smart in planning, if you are someone who is good at the basics, I don’t think there is a need for you to watch the videos or attend a live class, u could just do the Question bank, For example I use marrow question bank which is meticulously designed for us and u could find everything under their explanation, and you could find a blog in marrow as to how one can prepare retrospectively using a question bank, that was useful to me, please check it out if needed.
There was this interesting option called intern mode in marrow last year, that might be also very useful for us and I hope marrow activates that option this year too.
If you are someone who needs to strengthen your basics, I would recommend you to watch videos and make use of the printed notes which will save us a lot of time.
Whatever method you follow, make sure you stick with one and make it a habit of doing that regularly.
Where do you stand:
It is so important that you take GT’s regularly and not get upset about the result but get motivated by it, it’s just the effort that is needed to get a PG seat, talent is only secondary, anyone can crack the exams if you put enough hard work for a prolonged period of time, so chin up, You are as talented as someone next to you. All the best for your preparations and I hope this answer was of some help at least to people like me.
I have added some interesting points about marrow which made me choose it for my preparation below, supporting points like reading q bank alone is fine etc,
Some of the features like pearls and image bank would be useful during those 15 to 20 minutes break which you get during your work,
Printed notes from marrow is so good that i could finish watching the videos much quicker than what will happen when i take notes on my own while watching videos thus saving a lot of time for me and making it possible to finish a video during my working hours. I have added a preview page of a notes, marrow has put on their web page here.