Workforce, training and education
East of England

Careers Coaching and Guidance for Trainees

Careers Coaching will help you to explore your future career pathways, no matter what that includes.

During the session there will be a focus on:

  • where you are at the moment and;
  • work out a plan to help you move forward.
  • Taking into consideration all aspects of your life.

Katie Dallison has been working with doctors and medical students for over 10 years. Over this time, she has helped doctors with the full range of career issues including choosing specialties, changing specialties, creating portfolio careers to fit with every lifestyle, transitioning out of medicine and supporting on all aspects of wellbeing. Katie provides a non-judgemental, confidential service.

To access this support, a PSW referral is required. Referral forms can be found here: How to refer to the PSW



What is careers guidance?

Careers guidance is the process that enables you to make a well informed realistic decision about your future career.

Why should junior doctors seek careers guidance?

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.

How do I access Careers Guidance?

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. 

What sort of issues can be discussed in a specialist careers guidance session?
  • 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.

How will the specialist careers advisor be able to help me in the guidance process?

Our provider 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.

What is the Careers Advisor’s role in the guidance session?
  • 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.

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