Trainee doctors make key choices about long term direction soon after Foundation training, so knowing how to explore, decide and follow through options is important.

These pages are here to help you work through the four key stages of medical career planning and decision-making, outlined by the "The Roads to Success" model (Elton, C. & Reid, J., 2009):

  • Self assessment (taking a history)
  • Career exploration (examination and options)
  • Decision making (forming a detailed diagnosis)
  • Plan implementation (following through the treatment plan)

There are signposts and resources to help with any stage of your career thinking, whetehr your are Decided about your path, Exploring opitions or Rethinking the plan. Click on the icon to find our quick navigation guide or explore the relevant pages.

The medical careers section of the UK health careers website is a good starting point for information on all apsects of medical careers and we strongly recommend that you visit this too.

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Preparing for Consultant Selection

Find information and book a place on our course for trainees approaching CCT.

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Careers Resources

Find quick links to people and resources for your career planning.

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Exploring & planning your career

Your career effectiveness will be influenced by the match between you as a person, your role and your work environment.

Self-awareness and personal insight are key to good career planning and choices. Your choice of work in medicine needs to fit and balance with other factors in your life and individual career aspirations also vary.

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Jobs & applications

Progression through a medical career requires readiness for a series of transitions. This means knowing how to:

  • Search for the right job or career opportunity
  • present applications that lead to shortlisting
  • make the best impression at interview or assessment

Please use our range of resources to help you with the relevant stage of the application and selection process you are approaching.

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Careers Guidance

There have never been more support structures and processes in place to help you develop your career throughout your training pathway.

As a medical career progresses, sometimes help is needed with challenges such as:

  • Doubts in early months of a new training programme
  • Unsure about a chosen pathway
  • No firm options after a recruitment round
  • Not progressing in chosen pathway
  • Changes in personal circumstances e.g. health, family

Read more about careers guidance

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