Career planning is the process of making and implementing career decisions. Ideally you should start the process in medical school well before your final year.
To help you with this process the South West Peninsula Deanery in collaboration with the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry have developed a career planning service based at the South West Peninsula Deanery, Tamar Science Park, Plymouth. Currently the services offered to undergraduate medical students, foundation doctors and doctors at higher stages of training include:
- 1:1 confidential career guidance meetings
- Career events that focus on specific specialties
- Career planning workshops
- Mock interview sessions
- Careers information via this website
Where possible the services mentioned above are delivered where you are working or studying.
1:1 Career Guidance Meetings
Career guidance is the process that enables you to make a well informed realistic decision about your future career. The deanery’s Career Planning Manager is a qualified and experienced career guidance practitioner who will offer you an impartial, objective and confidential service.
You are welcome to discuss anything that relates to your career planning, this can include career change.
Throughout the year we run a number of specialty specific career events. Details of local and national career events are advertised through our career web pages. Click here for details of scheduled career events.
Career Planning Workshops
Timetabled career planning workshops aimed at Foundation doctors and medical students.
We also offer application form and interview technique workshops at all levels of study and training.
We can offer you the opportunity to have a confidential mock interview with immediate feedback. The interview is filmed to DVD, so that you can critique your performance in your own time. The mock interview mirrors the interview process currently used in specialty selection centres.
Careers Information and Advice
- Educational Supervisor/Consultant Support
Your educational supervisors and the consultants that you work with have a wealth of knowledge and experience that you should tap into. They can give you in depth information about their own and other related specialties and can guide you in pursuing a career within them.
- Careers Information on the Website
The South West Peninsula Deanery career web pages provide an array of information covering almost all specialties and sub-specialties. The pages also hold information on a variety of topics such as Job Search Techniques comprising of Hints and Tips for Compiling Your Portfolio, Interview Techniques, Hints and Tips for Producing a Medical CV and more.