Information taken from:

  • Chambers R, Mohanna K, Thornett A, Field S. Guiding doctors in managing their careers: a toolkit for tutors, trainers, mentors and appraisers. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing; 2006.
  • Chambers R, Mohanna K, Field S. Opportunities and options in medical careers. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing: 2000.

What is Career Counselling?

Career counselling, like other forms of counselling, offers a framework on which to identify problems and to provide support to the person in finding their own ways around these.

When may career counselling be required?

  • You do not get a job or training post in your first choice career
  • You feel that your career is not advancing as it should
  • You are no longer happy or fulfilled in your work
  • You are not using your talents and strengths at work
  • You are considering cutting down your working hours e.g. part time, retirement
  • Others think you are behaving or performing poorly at work
  • You need help to solve career dilemma or make choices


Three stage model of career counselling

  1. The person requiring career counselling must tell their story – “Who am I?” “Where am I now?” “How satisfied am I with my career and my life?”
  2. Develop a better scenario (it may be the inability of the person requiring career counselling to undertake this step alone which is the cause for the requirement of career counselling) – “What changes would I like to happen?”
  3. Brainstorming ways of reaching the improved scenario and following each idea through to its logical conclusion – “What do I do if I don’t get what I want?” – then make a plan and act on it


Who will be your career counsellor?

A career counsellor (or adviser) should be:

  • Skilled
  • Impartial
  • Well informed

Your university, trust, foundation school or deanery may provide a career counselling/adviser service – investigate this.

You may be able to use a mentor or coach as a career counsellor.