1. Introduction

In February 2013 the Career Planning Service was accredited to the matrix Quality Standard for information, advice and guidance services. The matrix Quality Mark is a registered trade mark of the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

The Career Planning Team continuously develops the service to meet the needs of its users, including working closely with student societies, trainees and partner organisations. We actively seek feedback to ensure we are providing a professional service.

The Career Planning Service adheres to the AGCAS (Association of Graduate Career Advisory Services) Code of Practice on guidance. This code includes six key principles:

  • Impartiality
  • Confidentiality
  • Individual Ownership
  • Equality of Opportunity
  • Transparency
  • Accessibility

Details of this code are available here

2. Scope of Policy

This policy relates to Doctors in training at all levels working within the Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education region.  This policy also relates to undergraduate medical students of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the University of Exeter Medical School.  

3. Overview of the services offered by the Career Planning Team

Career planning is the ongoing process of making and implementing career decisions.

To help with this process Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education provides a career planning service. The services offered include:

The above services are delivered where individuals and groups are working or studying.

1:1 Career Guidance

Career guidance is the process that enables well informed and realistic career decision making..  The Career Planning Team are qualified and experienced Careers Advisers who offer an impartial, objective and confidential service.
Individuals are welcome to discuss anything that relates to their career planning, this can also include career change.

Careers Information

  • E-advice.   This section allows individuals to email an enquiry to the careers team. 
  • Improving interview performance
  • The Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education career web pages provides an array of information covering almost all specialties and sub-specialties.

Improving interview performance

The Career Planning Team provide confidential mock interviews with immediate feedback. Where practical the interview and feedback is filmed to DVD,

Career Events

Throughout the year a number of specialty specific career events are planned and organised by the Career Planning Service and details of local and national career events are advertised through the career web pages. These evening events are designed and delivered in conjunction with local consultants and trainees.

Career Planning Workshops and Presentations

These are tailored to meet the career planning needs of individuals and groups at specific points in their medical training and form part of the timetabled teaching programme for Foundation Doctors.

One-to-One Guidance

These meetings are impartial, confidential and objective and reflect an individual's career planning needs.  Where possible these meetings are held where the doctor works or student studies within the Peninsula and at a time convenient to both parties.

Psychometric Testing

The Morrisby Profile Psychometric Test is offered and administered where appropriate and a detailed profile and feedback is provided.  One member of the team is qualified in the Myers Briggs MBTI Personality Profile and this can also be provided upon request.

Sarah Taylor

Career Planning Manager

June 2016