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Career management

The Scotland Deanery works with the career advisers from the five medical schools to improve the provision of information for trainees to enable them to make a career decision that is right for them. Together the Associate Postgraduate Deans (Career Management) and the career advisors aim to offer both formal and informal career advice. Working collaboratively, our aim is to provide guidance at different points in the undergraduate and postgraduate training pathways. The national Career Management Group has devised a strategy which provides more detail.

Sources of careers advice for trainees


Figure 1. Sources of careers advice for trainees


Local Advice is the First Stop

The variety of opportunities within medicine mean that for most trainees, there is a rewarding career available to them. There is a wealth of information available from careers websites, college and specialty publications and other sources.   However, career decisions can seem bewildering at times and trainees can and do benefit from guidance.  

Foundation trainees may approach you for specific advice about application processes and career pathways or for more general advice on career planning. Specialty trainees sometimes seek information about decisions relating to training opportunities, research or which special interest or subspecialty field to pursue. Frequently they will approach fellow trainees, clinical or educational supervisors and sometimes programme directors. Your experience as a trainer means that you are well placed to offer career advice.

If you are interested in learning more about tools and techniques for career coaching, there is a STAR module on career coaching that gives some helpful pointers. Most techniques focus on 4 phases of decision making – one frequently used tool which can be used in discussions is the DOTS model.


 DOTS Model


Figure 2. The DOTS model (Law and Watts 1977/1996)


More Specialised Advice

Should you feel that trainees require more specialised career discussions - especially those considering leaving the specialty or medicine, our associate postgraduate deans will be happy to meet with individual trainees (and possibly refer the trainees to university career advisers or other specialists if appropriate). You can contact your local deanery office to find out how to arrange a meeting with the career management team.


 Associate Postgraduate Deans (Career Management)
 Dr Liz Murphy West Region
 Dr Alistair Leckie South-East Region
 Dr Shilpi Pal East Region
 Dr Surinder Panpher North Region


Useful Links

Interested in SAS as a career?

NES Guidelines for Face to Face Training

UK Foundation Programme Office

Health Careers - Career Planning

Health Careers - Explore Roles

BMA - Careers Advice

Scottish Medical Training - Careers Advice

New Dots - Career Learning for the Contemporary World

Careers in Theory



This page was last updated on: 17.05.2024 at 09.23