Careers Guidance

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Careers Guidance for F1 Doctors.pdf272.34 KB
MOT Forms - F1 - Sept 2012.doc159.5 KB
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Trainee Career Planning and Support Models.pdf207.65 KB
Tips for application forms.pdf177.08 KB
10 Career Planning Tips for New Foundation Doctors.pdf1.41 MB
Example Interview Questions for F2s.pdf120.29 KB

STFS trainees have access to a password-protected area on this site.  It gives them access to videos which will help them understand the processes they may go through in ST1/CT1 selection centres. Trainees can also access the ROADS to Success web-based career-planning handbook through the password-protected area.

An email with the password and log-in details was sent to STFS trainees' email accounts on 2 August 2013.

STFS trainees can now log-in and access this area by clicking here.

  1. Introduction
  2. Careers Countdown for entry to specialty training
  3. How to access careers support within STFS
  4. Careers MOT
  5. The ROADS to Success
  6. London Deanery Coaching & Mentoring
  7. Medical Careers website
  8. Trainee career planning and support models
  9. Interactive Medical Careers map
  10. Specialty training
  11. 10 Career Planning Tips for New Foundation Doctors
  12. Tips for application forms and example interview questions for F2s
  13. Specialty Champions

1. Introduction

The provision of careers advice is a central tenet of MMC (Modernising Medical Careers). One of the 18 key principles underpinning MMC states that “Rigorous counselling and career advice should be available throughout training” (Modernising Medical Careers, Department of Health, 2003). Within STFS, trusts provide workshops to introduce foundation doctors to career planning tools, linked into a four stage career planning framework:

  • Stage 1 - self-assessment e.g. skills, interests, values
  • Stage 2 - career exploration e.g. how to research different career options
  • Stage 3 - decision making e.g. look at how you have made decisions
  • Stage 4 - implementation e.g. application forms, CVs and interview preparation

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3. How to access careers support within STFS

For specific one-to-one advice the first point of contact for foundation doctors is their educational supervisor. Educational supervisors are able to call on other resources both locally and from the local education and training board (LETB). A careers lead is also available in each Trust. The Foundation School careers team do also visit trusts from time to time to run drop-in sessions where you can book a half hour appointment with one of the careers advisers.

What you choose for the next stage of your career should be a personal decision, but you should ensure that you plan your approach and investigate career options fully before deciding.

A guide to career planning for Foundation Year One Doctors is available for you to download on the right hand side of this page.

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4. Careers MOT

We have developed some forms which can be used to help you with your career planning during F1 and F2.  Both forms are available for you to download on the right-hand side of this page.

Section A of the F1 form should be filled out in advance of meeting with your Educational Supervisor and Section B should be completed with your Educational Supervisor at the end of the meeting.

The F2 form will be helpful when it comes to reviewing your options in depth. 

Even if you have made your post-foundation career decisions it is useful to go through this process, because you will have to give specific thought to ways in which you are suited to your chosen specialty.  The more thought you give the process, the stronger your applications and interviews will be.

Neither form is intended to replace discussion with your educational supervisor, only to supplement it.  It will also help your supervisor structure the career planning session so that you get the most out of it.

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5. The ROADS to Success

Choosing the right specialty is a critical decision that all junior doctors face each year. Until now most trainees have had to fight their own way through the multiple labyrinths of opportunities, choices, written applications and interviews. Dr Caroline Elton and Joan Reid have structured a handbook (now in its third edition) to support both trainees and their supervisors throughout the career planning process. This is a practical handbook packed with essential information, self-assessment exercises and insightful tips to ensure that every junior doctor is headed on ‘The ROADS to Success’.

ROADS is provided free to all STFS trainees via trusts, often at induction – please ask in the postgraduate centre if you do not receive one.

For further information see the careers website at http://www.kssdeanery.org/careers.

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6. London Deanery Coaching & Mentoring

Foundation doctors based in London Shared Services (Deanery) trusts have access to the London Shared Services coaching and mentoring facilities.

Full details are available at: http://www.mentoring.londondeanery.ac.uk/

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7. Medical Careers website

The Medical Careers website contains a wealth of helpful information on planning your medical career. It includes detailed specialty information, a four-step career planning tool to help you understand your options, a guide to making the most of foundation training plus video case studies. The website can be acessed at: http://www.medicalcareers.nhs.uk/.

A calendar of medical careers events is also available on the website at: http://www.medicalcareers.nhs.uk/career_planning/career_exploration/medical_careers_events_calend.aspx

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8. Trainee career planning and support models

A document detailing the trainee career planning and support models is available for download on the right hand side of this page.

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9. Interactive Medical Careers map

This useful interactive tool illustrates the links between different stages in the medical careers pathway. It has been produced by the Wales Deanery but is relevant to and can be accessed by anyone in the UK: http://careers.walesdeanery.org/map/.

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10. Specialty training

Information regarding specialty training is available at: http://www.stfs.org.uk/student/specialty-training.

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11. 10 Career Planning Tips for New Foundation Doctors

A fold-out card containing 10 career planning tips for new foundation doctors is distributed to postgraduate centres during August.  If you didn’t get one, or have lost yours, a PDF copy is available to download on the right hand side of this page.

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12. Tips for application forms and example interview questions for F2s

A list of tips for completing application forms and a list of example interview questions for F2s applying to specialty training are available to download on the right hand side of this page.

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13. Specialty Champions

STFS and the Careers Department have been working together to develop a Specialty Champions scheme.  Specialty Champions are clinicians at your trust who can be approached for informal discussion about your career plans.  They are doctors who are already working in the specialty you’re interested in, and will have already made many of their own career decisions.

To find out who the Specialty Champions are at your trust, contact your local Postgraduate Centre.  You can also find out more about the scheme here.

 

Careers Countdown

The STFS Careers team have created a careers countdown to help prepare all F2s going through the specialty application process. See: ‘Careers Countdown… 5…’

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