Careers Guidance

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Decision-making exercise.doc59.5 KB
Careers MOT Forms - F1 - Guidance document 2015.pdf169.46 KB
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Careers Guidance for F1 Doctors.pdf343.64 KB
Tips for application forms.pdf177.08 KB
10 Career Planning Tips for New Foundation Doctors.pdf392.69 KB
Example Interview Questions for F2s.pdf120.29 KB
Copy of List of Careers Champions 2017-18.xlsx70.98 KB

 

  1. Introduction
  2. How to access careers support within STFS
  3. Careers MOT
  4. London Deanery Coaching & Mentoring
  5. Health Careers website
  6. Trainee career planning and support models
  7. Specialty training
  8. 10 Career Planning Tips for New Foundation Doctors
  9. Tips for application forms and example interview questions for F2s
  10. Careers Champions
  11. Career Management Webinars

An overview of the full range of Careers Service provision across Kent, Surrey and Sussex can be found on the HE KSS Careers Support pages.

1. Introduction

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. (We have developed a useful exercise which will help you with choosing your specialty. You can download it from the top-right of this page.)
  • Stage 4 - implementation e.g. application forms, CVs and interview preparation

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2. 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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3. 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 here and you can also download guidance documents from 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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4. London Coaching & Mentoring

Foundation doctors based in London Shared Services 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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5. Health Careers website

The Health 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: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/

A calendar of health careers events is also available on the website at: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/about/events

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6. 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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7. Specialty training

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

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8. 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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9. 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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10. Careers Champions

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

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

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11. Career Management Webinars Programme

The STFS and London Careers teams organise webinars on a range of careers related  topics relevant to foundation doctors. These are advertised in advance in the weekly bulletin. Please click here for details.

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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…’

 

More information on careers guidance and what the Careers Team do can be found here.

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