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, help is sometimes needed with:

  • 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
  • Thinking about resigning

In the first instance, there are a range of people at local level who are available to guide of provide advice:

Foundation Programme Directors  - consultants based within each teaching hospital and who lead and co-ordinate Foundation training at local level, so a first port of call for F1 and F2 doctors for initial career progression and development through the Programme.

School Career Leads - senior consultants attached to a Specialty School with a remit for providing specific and information or signposting regarding specific Career options in that Programme.

Local Faculty Leads – senior consultants with a remit for providing impartial trainee support on a range of matters including careers, based in each Health Board, appointed by the Deanery.

Trainee Representatives are in place in all programmes from Foundation onwards and can offer peer support with careers issues.

You can also arrange a confidential and impartial conversation with a member of the Careers Team.  To do so, review our information sheet and contact us to make arrangements.  If possible, complete a Request for Career Planning Meeting form to give us some background to your careers questions. Send this to or bring it with you (Please note this is for Wales trainees only).

Downloads & Resources

The Career Support pyramid shows you the support available at every stage throughout your medical career at a local, advanced and Deanery level.

This webcast will help you to find out about the support structures in place to help develop your career management skills and the information and career resources available to medical trainees.  Our career support navigation guide is a quick reference point for finding someone with the information or advice you may need.

Internal Links

Wales Deanery Professional Support Unit

Considering Less Than Full Time (LTFT) for part of your career? See the online application process. Each training programme has an LTFT adviser who can help you explore the options.

Health for health professionals is a fully-funded, confidential counselling service for all doctors and health professionals in Wales.

Medical Undergraduate career support is available at both Cardiff and Swansea Universities.

External Links

UK Health Careers is a starting place for information on any aspect of career decision making.

BMA members can access medical careers services including individual careers guidance and career webinars.

BMJ Careers have an online library of searchable articles on many aspects of medical careers.

UK medical careers - events page.

Check the Royal College website for your specialty .

There is a growing number of independent medical career coaches. We suggest you carry out a Google search or check twitter to find options for face to face or remote career coaching.

Visual and Virtual Resources

Check the events page and twitter for realtime careers information or to find out about fairs and events.

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