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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.
  • 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


General Medical Council

British Medical Association

Allied Health Professions


The Society of Podiatrists and Chiropodists

Occupational Therapy

The British Association/College of Occupational Therapists


British and Irish Orthoptic Society


The College of Paramedics


The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists


Society of Radiographers

Speech and Language Therapy

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists


British Dental Association

British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy

Healthcare Scientists

National School of Healthcare Science  

Academy for Healthcare Sciences

British Academy of Audiology


Royal College of Nursing

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Nursing and Midwifery on NHS Employers website


Royal College of Midwives

Nursing and Midwifery Council


Royal Pharmaceutical Society

General Pharmaceutical Council


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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