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Careers Support

Advice and Guidance for Doctors in Training

Careers advice and guidance can offered in a variety of ways:

  • finding facts about requirements needed to access a specialty or profession
  • help building your CV
  • help completing an application form
  • in-depth career planning or coaching to support times of change


There are many resources to hand especially online (see below for some), but don’t forget your educational supervisor, Foundation Programme Director or Trust DME in the first instance.

  • For guidance on the most appropriate route to a particular specialty, a consultant within that specialty may have the most in-depth knowledge.
  • Your educational supervisor can help with CV advice, application form writing.
  • If you are not clear about your next career step, you should speak to your educational supervisor first. Consider accessing the resources below or attend a careers fair e.g. https://careersfair.bmj.com/
  • There is in depth careers coaching accessible via the professional support unit (PSU). To arrange a referral, speak to your educational supervisor.

 

Careers Resources

Below you will find links to external websites with useful careers information for healthcare professionals.

  • Health careers - look at the about/careers in medicine section for specific information for medical students and foundation doctors, the explore roles section/doctors for information on specialties and the career planning section for advice on planning and developing your career.
  • BMJ Careers – Browse job listings and read a wide range of articles about different aspects of career choice, planning and progression, usually written from personal experience. BMJ Careers also offers podcasts on topics such as working in Australia, Canada and New Zealand and advice on choosing a deanery or specialty.
  • Windmills - A generic step by step process to enable you to identify your strengths, values and ethics which can then be mapped against a range of career and specialty options.
  • Sci59 is an on-line psychometric tool from the Open University designed to help medical students and doctors make career decisions. It can be used to raise your personal awareness of your strengths and weaknesses. It then maps these against the specialties to produce a list of the 10 best matches and the 10 least suitable matches. Most appropriate for use by final year medical students or those in the Foundation years, particularly if you are totally undecided. If you are a member of the BMA you can access Sci59 through the Careers Advice section of the BMA website.
  • GP recruitment website
  • Specialty training recruitment website

 

Other useful job search websites:

 

Alternative career paths for doctors

 

Important organisations by profession

Medicine

General Medical Council

www.gmc-uk.org/

British Medical Association

http://bma.org.uk/

Allied Health Professions

Chiropody/Podiatry

http://www.scpod.org/

The Society of Podiatrists and Chiropodists

Occupational Therapy

http://www.cot.co.uk/

The British Association/College of Occupational Therapists

Orthoptics

http://orthoptics-bios.com/

British and Irish Orthoptic Society

Paramedic

http://www.collegeofparamedics.co.uk/

The College of Paramedics

Physiotherapy

http://www.csp.org.uk/

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists

Radiography

http://www.sor.org/

Society of Radiographers

Speech and Language Therapy

http://www.rcslt.org/

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Dentistry

British Dental Association

www.bda.org/

British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy

www.bsdht.org.uk/

Healthcare Scientists

National School of Healthcare Science

www.nshcs.org.uk/stp-recruitment  

Academy for Healthcare Sciences

www.ahcs.ac.uk/

British Academy of Audiology

www.baaudiology.org/

Nursing

Royal College of Nursing

http://www.rcn.org.uk/

Nursing and Midwifery Council

www.nmc-uk.org/

Nursing and Midwifery on NHS Employers website

http://www.nhsemployers.org/your-workforce/pay-and-reward/job-evaluation/national-job-profiles/nursing-and-midwifery

Midwifery

Royal College of Midwives

http://www.rcm.org.uk/

Nursing and Midwifery Council

www.nmc-uk.org/

Pharmacy

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

http://www.rpharms.com/

General Pharmaceutical Council

www.pharmacyregulation.org/education/pharmacist-education

 

Working Abroad

Many doctors want the opportunity to work abroad at some time during their career. Some may want a break from the NHS and training programme; some may be unsure what they want to do next and need time to think, and some just want to experience a different culture and health care system.

Most employers have a positive attitude towards you taking 6 months or a year abroad, whether it is for medical work or other reasons, and it often counts for you at interview if you have comparable UK experience to the other candidates. Check Insurance prior to leaving and ensure you have a secure job to go to. Make sure that you have everything in writing. Do not rely on telephone advice or agreements when making arrangements. Also remember to get references and statements of experience while you are away.

 

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