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Career Planning for Foundation doctors

Alex Drinkall, 1 November 2019
Career Planning for Foundation doctors

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has recently revised and updated its popular elearning course to help Foundation doctors make informed career choices and effective applications for future career steps. The revision has been in response to user feedback and incorporates new values and skills exercises as well as a comprehensive case study following a Foundation doctor’s career planning journey.

This course was the first in a number of bespoke career planning courses developed for healthcare professionals within the HEE elfh career planning programme and has been widely used by Foundation trainees. If you are a doctor who has completed the previous version of this course, there is no need to complete the revised version as the content is very similar.

The course provides Foundation doctors with a deeper level of understanding of how to ensure future career planning is informed, realistic and robust. It is based around the following five sessions:

Introduction which provides an overview to the course:

  • Self-awareness which includes reflecting on values, work preferences, skills interests, personality and career stressors
  • Career exploration which includes consideration and research of career options available as well as developing effective networks
  • Arriving at your decision which focuses on decision making types and methods as well as how to check the robustness of career decisions
  • Next Steps which offers advice, information and examples on CV development, job applications and preparing for interviews as well as effective action planning

For each session, learners have the opportunity to compile a distinctive, thorough personal portfolio of research, exercises and reflections contained in downloadable workbooks. The learning gained from both undertaking the sessions and completing workbook exercises can be particularly useful in supporting job applications and interviews.

Other courses available through the HEE elfh Career Planning programme include:

  • Career Planning for Core Doctors (Internal Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry)
  • Career Planning for Pre-Registration/ Foundation pharmacists
  • Supporting Career Conversations for Educators
  • Career Planning for Health Care Scientists (coming soon).

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