Making Career Decisions. Learning outcomes. You will: Understand a range of career factors which can help inform your choices after Foundation training Know how to evaluate specialty preferences and options in a systematic way Have access to a range of decision-making tools and resources
Making Career Decisions
Associate Dean and Careers/LTFT Lead
Career Development Adviser
Who provides support ?
Are you ready for this?
From hot button on Deanery homepage www.walesdeanery.org
Which round should I apply to? Should I wait/re-apply in Round 2?
Should I accept an offer if I don’t know where my posts will be?
Dual career issues
Am I prepared to move to pursue a specialty or stay and let Plan A go?
What is my 1st, 2nd, 3rd choice?
What is my Plan B?
Should I go abroad?
Do I still want to be a doctor?
You need to take an evidence-based approach!
Exploring career values, motivators, preferences, personal strengths, limitations
Establishing options, alternatives and plan B’s, information gathering, networking, reality checking
Evaluating options, mapping skills and attributes against actual roles, considering options and preferences, clarifying personal factors, making choices
Applicant research, CV update and applications, preparing for assessments and interviews
What I wantWhat the specialty 1 wants 3
What I offer 2What the specialty offers 4
224 applications for 7 posts
Competition ratio = 32:1
39 invited to interview = 5:1
15 attended = 2:1
3 appointable candidates, 4 posts to Round 2
2010 = 28 applicants put Wales first choice in national process (but 20 interviewed and 5 offers made)
Careers in Wales
Even with your talent and aspiration remember that: