Careers Guidance

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10 Career Planning Tips for New Foundation Doctors.pdf392.69 KB
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  1. Introduction
  2. How to access careers support within STFS
  3. 10 Career Planning Tips for New Foundation Doctors
  4. Health Careers website
  5. Career Management Webinars and other support
  6. Specialty Training
  7. Tips for application forms and example interview questions for F2s
  8. Careers MOT
  9. Careers Champions
  10. The Professional Support Unit Coaching Service
  11. Careers Planning For Foundation Doctors
  12. Careers Support
  13. Coaching Service

 

1        Introduction

STFS trusts provide workshops to introduce foundation doctors to career planning tools, linked into a four-stage career planning framework:

    • Stage 1 - self-assessment eg skills, interests, values
    • Stage 2 - career exploration eg how to research different career options
    • Stage 3 - decision making eg look at how you have made decisions. (We have developed an exercise to help you with choosing your specialty. You can download it from the top-right of this page.)
    • Stage 4 - implementation eg 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 London and South East Careers Unit. http://www.lpmde.ac.uk/professional-development/careers-unit 

A careers lead is also available in each trust. 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         10 Career Planning Tips for New Foundation Doctors

A PDF copy is available to download on the right-hand side of this page.

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 4         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 accessed at: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/

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

5        Career Management Webinars Programme

The LaSE Careers Unit and Recruitment Team organise webinars on a range of careers related  topics relevant to foundation doctors. These are advertised in advance in the fortnightly STFS bulletin and on http://www.lpmde.ac.uk/professional-development/careers-unit

The Careers Unit also provides other services including 1:1 appointments 

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6       Specialty training

Information regarding specialty training is available at:

http://www.stfs.org.uk/student/specialty-training.

7        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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8        Careers MOT

These forms can be used to help you with your career planning during F1 and F2.  Both forms are available for you here and 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 before meeting with your Educational Supervisor and Section B should be completed with your Educational Supervisor at the end of the meeting.

The F2 form is 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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9        Careers Champions

Careers Champions are clinicians at your trust who can be approached for an informal discussion about your career plans. They are doctors working in the specialty you're interested in, so 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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10      The Professional Support Unit Coaching Service

 The service is designed to help trainees in challenging situations that could prevent them getting the most from their careers.

Further information is available on http://www.lpmde.ac.uk/professional-development/coaching-service

11  Careers Planning For Foundation Doctors

London and South East (LaSE) Careers Unit has developed a career planning module for foundation doctors in partnership with e-learning for Healthcare. For More information visit:

The course is designed to support foundation doctors in making their career decisions about specialty choice and they should be encouraged to start using it during FY1 and throughout their foundation training.

12  Careers Support

This is confidential and free 1:1 career guidance and support for London and South East trainee doctors or dentists.   Are you approaching a critical career decision and would like the opportunity to explore your ideas with a career expert?  We the HEE’s Careers Unit for London and South East may be able to help you. 

 Our career experts can help you to:

  • Consider what is important to you when making choices about your future career
  • Explore the options that may be available to you
  • Weigh up all the factors to reach a decision
  • Consider the steps you need to take to realise your goals

Whether you are in Foundation or Specialist training take a look at our website and apply today for free, confidential, impartial and individual careers support. 

13  Coaching Service

In addition we have a  Coaching Service which provides 1:1 coaching support and is particularly designed to help trainees and learners in challenging situations that could prevent them from getting the most from their careers. This can be accessed via the following link.  This service is confidential and free.

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