How to: A Career in the NHS

For those of you that are particularly interested in a career in either social or public health, it is important to establish what area you would like to apply to, and ways in which you can help achieve this. Today we discuss some routes into the NHS, as well as different opportunities you can take to both research job positions and front line roles like physiotherapy jobs.

A perfect chance to discover the multitude of careers available within the NHS is to attend one of their ‘career fairs’. Before you attend, it is advisable to research different roles and where they are within the fair to make your experience more worthwhile- you can maximise your time talking to people instead of trying to find the different locations and possible jobs.

Similarly, the NHS suggests it is a great opportunity to practise marketing yourself in front of NHS representatives, whilst also making useful contacts. The importance of networking within the NHS is really high and brings about many advantages. Having a network of contacts allows for the sharing of information easily with others, whilst also gaining you access to current knowledge. It is essential for a successful career in the NHS!

Your connections within the health care system are especially crucial in getting work experience before you apply. Unlike many other jobs, a career in the NHS can be very stressful and so it is required to have experienced the environment in which you will be working, none the less to see if you can manage it. Of course, there are some roles that are less active with patients and are almost ‘behind the scenes’, such as research jobs, or dealing with the finances of the NHS but work experience can help promote you amongst the sea of applications.

While many people choose to complete A Levels and then apply for a degree, there is the option of an apprenticeship for those aged 16 and over. Not only is it structured training where you will be with an employer, but it leads to nationally recognised qualifications that gives you access to a myriad of different careers. An apprenticeship is a great way to enter the career path for the NHS as you also get paid at the same time as working. Therefore, you are receiving an education, gaining invaluable experience for the future, whilst also earning a living. Ultimately, a career in the NHS is undoubtedly a stressful job, but one of the most rewarding as you are personally involved in the well-being of those around you, and are often saving lives.

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