Careers Advice and Guidance for Trainees
Careers advice and guidance can range in complexity from seeking simple factual information about specialty requirements, help with your CV or an application form to in-depth career planning.
It will depend on your query as to who the most appropriate people will be to seek advice and guidance from concerning your future career in medicine. For guidance on the most appropriate route to a specific specialty, a consultant from within that specialty may have the most in-depth knowledge. For those less clear about their career intentions, you should speak to your educational supervisor first who can then refer you to an appropriate person if applicable.
If you have already been referred to the PSW, and wish to access careers advice, please email the PSW Admin Team.
If you have not previously been referred to the PSW, please arrange to meet with your Educational or Clinical Supervisor, TPD, Head of School or an appropriate educator to complete the Full Referral Framework : Form F
The PSW email address is PSW.EoE@hee.nhs.uk
Any advice will be impartial and confidential.
Careers guidance is the process that enables you to make a well informed realistic decision about your future career.
It is unrealistic to expect most junior doctors to have decided which medical specialty they wish to enter by the time they enter FY1. However, with the advent of changes in medical career structures, the changing pace of the NHS and initiatives like Modernising Medical Careers, more emphasis is being placed on doctors to take a more proactive and educational approach to their career development early on. Your future career in medicine is likely to be like any other professional career; extremely competitive, which means that careful preparation and career planning from an early stage can give you the edge on the competition.
Careers guidance can help you to make an informed choice about where you want to be in your future career. The skills necessary to plan your career development in a coherent manner may be learnt like any other skills, so it is important to start thinking about your future career in medicine early.
For most doctors, careers support can be provided locally via the DME however, high level careers advice can be accessed via the PSW, following a formal referral, with a specialist 1:1 careers advisor.
It is also worth noting that Medical Schools may also provide career advice to it's graduates.
How to research particular medical specialties.
The process of applications and training.
Tips for your CV or application forms.
Whether to change from your career in medicine or change specialty.
The careers advisor will help you to recognise where you currently are in the stages of career decision-making and will recommend actions that will move you closer to making a well-informed decision. Be prepared for the advisor to ask you lots of questions; by doing so they can ensure that they give you the help you really need. It is a good idea to think about what you hope to achieve and think of some questions you would like answering, or take some notes to the session to discuss with your advisor.
To negotiate and agree with you the structure of each guidance session.
To offer impartial, non-judgmental advice and guidance.
To focus on your needs and interests.
To provide honest feedback.
To ensure that any information imparted in the session is accurate and up to date.
To refer you to sources of specialist information or services where appropriate,
To help you to discover what you want from your work as a doctor and what you can offer in the way of skills, qualities, values and interests.
To offer tips on making yourself more employable.