Category: News

23 Nov 2018

Opportunities in medicine

OPPORTUNITIES

Whether you love him or loathe him, there are few in the NHS who were sorry to see the back of former Minister for Health (Secretary of State for Health and Social Care), now serving as serving as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

It is generally accepted that the present staff shortages in the NHS are due to reach almost crisis point as the UK heads towards, and beyond, Brexit. For crisis, read opportunity. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/jeremy-hunt-nurse-training-bursaries-axed-george-osborne-conservative-conference-a7979636.html

Arguably the most precious commodity in the UK, even the government’s recent policies of austerity were recently set to one side to bolster the flagging fortunes of the NHS. As a result, there are now special encouragements throughout the sector to fulfil a reinforced political focus.

TRAINING & DEGREE OPPORTUNITIES

Nursing is clearly a substantial proportion of NHS employment but it is the entire range of specialisations that are in need of recruitment and it is worth making yourself familiar with what that substantial range includes: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/eXplore-ROLES aimCV.com suggests you also go to https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/career-planning/study-and-training for an idea of what is currently on offer. It is also worth pointing out the importance of an application, and that a professionally written CV or résumé is going to be of enormous assistance in separating the wheat from the chaff.

UPHEAVAL & CHANGE CAN CREATE SOUGHT-AFTER DIFFERENCES

There is little point in pretending there aren’t problems within a number of aspects of NHS and other employer’s demands. Equally, what problems exist are likely to find far more flexible solutions where employers needs are in turmoil, and there can be little doubt about the present predicament of the employer and the government.

Those who are trained and diligent contributors can expect continued, valuable, career development, and support. Initiative and problem solving lie at the heart of future developments within one of the most complex and sophisticated organisations on the planet. There are truly amazing ranges of skills and experience required for the ongoing development our national treasure, and significant career opportunities are abundant as a result.

From midwifery to palliative care, the beginning to the end, and everything in between, exciting opportunities are waiting to be explored and rewarded.

GENERAL PRACTICE

The General Practitioner or GP is usually the first point of contact with the National Health Service (NHS), for the general public. As the title suggests a GP is expected to have the widest of medical knowledge from observing likelihoods, covering all ages, and all potential, to recognising any condition presented by the patient, whether mental, physical, or circumstantial. S/he then needs to know precisely what action to take, advise, or recommend. The role varies widely across the British Isles and is very much dependent on the location of the surgery: inner city Glasgow is going to be very different for a GP from the requirements in industrial centres in the Midlands, and very different again from those of rural Norfolk.

Although paid (£55k – £80+) between twice and three times the national UK average (£27k), there is a shortage of GPs in the UK and around the world https://www.bmj.com/content/358/bmj.j3191 . In Australia for example, and depending on experience, a GP can expect between £100k & £200k, should that be of interest.

You will find the pathway and qualifications required here: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses/find-career-ideas/explore-jobs/job-profile/general-practitioner

CONSULTANTS

Consultants in England earn from £60,000 to more than £100,000 within the NHS and considerably more when mixed with, or exclusively, private practice (No. Not the American TV drama series!). After qualifying as a doctor, the candidate undergoes specialty training in a specific field. Examples such as: anaesthesia, clinical oncology, radiology, community sexual health, emergency medicine, acute internal medicine and clinical genetics are just a few of the areas of speciality common within the world of medicine. This site will provide you with accurate details https://www.medschools.ac.uk/studying-medicine/after-medical-school/specialties

PRIVATE UK MEDICAL SERVICES

Due to the availability of universal, state-funded, healthcare in the UK, private medicine is a relatively small niche market. Even so, privatisation is a growth market and given the constant strain on the public purse from the NHS, most governments will, almost inevitably, tend towards reducing their own (the public’s and the taxpayer’s), liabilities where ever they feel they can get away with it. You will find an overview of the present situation here: https://store.mintel.com/uk-private-healthcare-market-report

BEHIND THE FRONT LINE

Some are drawn to the enormous demands of dealing with the sick and those diagnosed with illness but others may not find this appealing. It is worth pointing out here that there are many who feel, what is often referred to as a calling or a vocation, and the demands referred to above lie at the very heart of their desire to nurse and care for others. But for those who do not, the field is again, a wide one.

Research is prevalent throughout medicine and there is a global network of those interested and involved. ‘New Scientist’ is the universal bible for all aspects of science and https://jobs.newscientist.com/en-gb/article/how-to-make-a-career-in-medical-research-/ will show you some of the milestones required, with additional references to potentially important internships.

SIGN OFF

Many years ago I was told that, deep down, all humans are only interested in three things: health, wealth & love. I would like to think you would find all three above and so, finally, good luck…

08 Nov 2018

Engineering is a big topic

ENGINEERING IS A BIG TOPIC

Other than the grown (un-interfered with) or the natural, most things we have heard of, we see, or we touch, are either handmade or manufactured. From the hospital we were born in, the car we went home in, the road we traveled on, the home we went home to, the crib we were laid down in, to the mobile in our pocket today, all were conceived -based on theory or experiment- and developed individually or with others, and this process of intelligent and experimental thought is at the heart of what an engineer may do.

We all have our own prejudices but if you think about it, not only do we each know that little or nothing in the world is perfect, we each have our own ideas about what it is that could be improved as a matter of importance and priority.

‘Engineering’ is the catch-all term we use to collect the immense universe of form and function we are faced with, so it will not be a surprise to discover that there is no end to the range of subjects engineering covers.

Science, technology and design, are combined with mathematics to progress the development of new and/or old products but, and this is important, none should be ruled out through lack of knowledge or interest in the others: not being an accomplished mathematician should not be perceived as a block to developing one or more of the other myriad skills or interests.

This is as helpful as it is confusing but the reason I bring it to your attention is because many conceive the term ‘engineering’ to conjure up images of steel being turned on lathes, or the building of a simple bridge. (If you would like an idea of the complexities and diversities of modern bridge building you can take a look at this for an eye-opener). The fact is that a host of those who are involved in the engineering process never go near a construction site. So, whether you enjoy the office environment, working on site, or a combination of the two, there are opportunities everywhere.

…WITH BIG OPPORTUNITIES

Any object of any significance has engineering at the very heart of it. Whether it is Norway’s $47BN Coastal Highway, a new sewer in London, or a gizmo that fits on the head of a pin for the medical profession, engineers are required to recognise and identify the opportunity as well as the specification, schedule, and budgets, for the manufactured finished solutions.

For some the world changes greatly if we introduce the word ‘software’ to engineering. Computer games, and more recently, AI (artificial intelligence) have grown and developed way beyond the boundaries, even dreamt of, thirty years ago.

Privatised space travel is about to commence and you are welcome to go online and buy your ticket right now.

THE GOOD NEWS

Virtually all of the numerous branches, collectively known as engineering, are currently enjoying substantial demand and reward in equal measure, all over the world.

Go to typesofengineeringdegrees.org for some idea of the enormous scope. Every branch has opportunity written all over it and could just represent the ideal solution for your new or developing career.

Equal opportunities? The UK is showing small but ever more positive steps in encouraging females (currently 12% in engineering), to share in the opportunities too. In certain instances, it is way, way better than that: telegraph.co.uk/business/women-in-engineering/female-engineers-building-crossrail/. While the article is a year old, the message is clear: there are truly exciting jobs in the UK and almost any other country you care to think of.

PLANNING IN ADVANCE

Every major build requires thousands of contributors and it could be a serious error to imagine that you may not be included in the offer process. A professional CV writing service will adjust your CV and tune your covering letter to an individual prospect that will be essential in getting forthcoming projects lined up in advance.

EXCELLENT REWARDS & PACKAGES

It is almost expected that the truly big projects, such as a mega-airport in Beijing or Apple’s new HQ in Silicon Valley, hire for the term of the build. Contractors are used to scouring the world for the skills they require and, don’t forget, they already know these skills are in short supply. In and outside the UK For every Crossrail or HS2 there are many thousands more smaller and less publicised construction sites all over the UK and the rest of the world.

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

2018 was announced as the government’s year for engineering and here is a link to their site for some of the possible training, internships, and apprenticeships: gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-landmark-campaign-to-inspire-next-generation-of-engineers

There are a huge number of degree courses and a good proportion of these are online, providing the additional opportunity to remain in your current employment or find something else alongside your degree course. Thames Water, amongst others, offer an innovative return to work for men and, especially, for women.

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS

There are a huge number of degree courses and a good proportion of these are online, providing the additional opportunity to remain in your current employment or find something else alongside your degree course. Thames Water, amongst others, offer an innovative return to work for men and, especially, for women.

https://www.raeng.org.uk for The Royal Academy of Engineering
https://www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com/en-GB/information/careers.html for Rolls Royce careers and apprenticeships
Government launches £1.5m fund for ‘return to work’ projects
https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk › News › Articles
http://jcbacademy.com/apprenticeships/ for the JCB Academy
https://corporate.thameswater.co.uk/Careers/Working-for-us/Rewards-and-benefits

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08 Oct 2018

Redundancy is an opportunity

Globalisation
Businesses are managing massive change as the world embraces the unparalleled power of the internet and globalisation. Your redundancy is likely an inevitable result of the upheaval of tens of thousands who find their lives turned upside down so there is no need to feel penalised or singled out. You can harness your own opportunities using the web. Grab the opportunity with both hands and look up not down.

It is not your fault
Whether expected or a bolt from the blue, redundancy is the job, not you. It is vital you understand the difference between the two since loss of confidence is what you need to keep at bay for now. Let’s not pretend the psychological effects are unimportant: loss of income and status can have devastating consequences.

The first hurdle
Conversely, a brand new CV and a reappraisal of your online Linkedin profile will present the new you to hundreds of potential employers and HR teams scouring the internet for talent and skills like yours –as well as lift your spirits! Scour the internet and make plenty of notes as you approach multiple businesses and get things moving forward.

Use professional resources
Professional CV writers are a valuable resource that should be seriously considered. Importantly, as part of the package you will be provided with a relevant cover letter. A professional CV writer will not only present you in the best possible light to an increasingly risk averse world; they will ensure your resume or CV passes the proliferation of ‘dos & don’ts’ expected by modern, sophisticated HR, recruitment and head hunting teams.

Reassess
Use the opportunity to reassess transferable skills, redefine yourself and change your direction and location, if that has been a recent point of discussion. Make full use of any assistance offered as part of your redundancy package and stay in contact with your colleagues. Use your existing and newly developed social media skills to build new friendships with others in your chosen industry.

CEOs are in the same boat
Even the truly ambitious may be daunted by the insecurity redundancy can create so engage in any networking events or webinars whenever an opportunity arises. General redundancy advice is available at: www.acas.org.uk/redundancy. When an employee is made redundant, they may be eligible for certain rights such as time off to look for work during their notice period and levels of redundancy pay are explained.

Establish a routine
Manage your time looking for your new career just as you manage your time in work. Establish a pattern throughout the day and register with agencies and job boards. Don’t forget to keep detailed notes and to check back with what you have already done. An opportunity can appear within hours and everything needs to be responded to immediately.

Keep at it
Whether you are working out a notice period or setting up a short term office at home it is easy to become despondent so, keep yourself motivated. At the end of each day think about what you have done and reflect on what you have achieved. Based on these thoughts and while fresh in your mind, make notes about what to do to follow-up and just as important, to open new doors tomorrow.

Redundancy Package updates
Carillion’s present status updates can be notified to you by email by registering at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/update-for-carillion-workers-claiming-redundancy-payments–2 for example.

Toys R Us UK has appointed Moorfields Advisory (https://www.moorfieldscr.com/ or  020 7186 1144) as administrator to wind down the company’s stores, with the collapse putting 3,000 jobs at risk.

PwC (https://www.pwc.co.uk/ 0114 272 9141) is set to handle Maplin which employs 2,500 people.