In these are extraordinary times, the Career Services team continue to be available, albeit remotely, throughout the summer. You can book an appointment here and you can find a wide range of helpful resources on our Canvas module. Our pages include links to guide sheets and videos to cover many of your career planning queries. Everything is organised into the three career planning stages: EXPLORE, PLAN, APPLY. And some programme areas, like Medicine and BMS, have their own section with resources organised by year group.
If you are feeling isolated or frustrated by lockdown and wondering what you can do, here are three key ways you can build your careers confidence:
- Review what you can do already and what skills you want to build. Check out Exploring your Skills and Strengths on Canvas for some exercises to start you off. Look for opportunities you might want to apply for and see which skills they are looking for. Do you have those skills? Could you build them online?
- Review your CV and application writing skills. Could you update your CV or improve the layout so it is easier to read quickly to find the key points? What about cover letters or personal statements? Do you feel confident about drafting these? You are welcome to send your CV or personal statement draft to firstname.lastname@example.org for review. It helps us if you book a slot then choose ’by email’ for the final question. Or check out how to build a successful CV or application.
- Cultivate your online network. Are you on LinkedIn? Does your profile need a review? We can help with that. Then you could try searching for alumni who are working in the roles that interest you and check their skills and career path. You can do that by clicking the alumni button on this page. If you want to work for a particular employer or NHS Trust, are you following them? Putting a notification of a job opportunity is often placed on LinkedIn now and would appear in your feed, so you could be one of the first to know. Plus, you will see what the organisation posts about current developments and plans which will help you with your application.
A few more suggestions:
- Go to InsideSherpa and enrol (for free) on one of their virtual work experience programmes with leading companies. This will give you something for your CV if you have no physical work experience planned.
- Volunteer! St George’s has many opportunities, especially now. These include tasks (like telephoning isolated people) which do not involve leaving home.
- To help you deal with the uncertainty, here is a great video on growth mindset and here is an article which includes 15 ways you can adopt a growth mindset. With this, as in all other material here, do get in touch via email@example.com if you would like to chat about it or find out more.
The Library has e-resources available for you look at, covering topics such as getting into particular medical specialties, writing great medical CVs and developing your career as a healthcare professional. For example, you can search for “medical career” in Hunter – our library catalogue. Remember to filter the results to “online resources” only (left-hand side menu).