Going public

Just a selection of graduate schemes in the public sector that you can apply for:

  • Teach First  A five week training course, then you will be placed in a school with a higher than average proportion of pupils on free school meals and in an area of deprivation doing your training on the job.  You will work towards a fully funded PGDE, and have the option to top up to a master’s degree.
  • Police Now A two year leadership programme that trains graduates with a minimum/predicted 2:1 to become neighbourhood police officers.  You would start training in summer 2018, and then have the option of joining the Fast Track programme to become an inspector.
  • Civil Service Fast Stream Accelerated career path to a leadership role within the Civil Service. There’s a variety of roles available within four streams – eg finance, diplomacy, health, science and technology.
  • London Fire Brigade Watch a film and take a quiz to find out if you’ve got what it takes.
  • Local Government: National Graduate Development Programme A two year graduate management programme set up to provide local authorities with the high-calibre managers that communities need. 
  • Prison Officers Check out the Unlocked Graduates scheme – a two year leadership development programme aiming to grow society’s future leaders, as well as tackling the damage and cost or prisoner re-offending.  Also investigate prison and probation jobs.
  • Social Work Frontline that targets graduates with a minimum of 2:1 (not in social work).  You will be given a bursary during your first year, at the end of which you will get a postgraduate diploma in social work which allows you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council.  In your second year you will work as a qualified social worker in children’s services and study for a master’s.  Think Ahead trains social workers to work in adult mental health services.  It;s a paid fast-track scheme with the option in your second year to work and study towards a master’s degree.
  • NHS Graduate Training Scheme You will need a minimum of a 2:2. There are several routes: finance management, general management, health analysis, health informatics, human resources and policy and strategy.

Highlight on health

Explore the new Health Careers website from Health Education England where you’ll find:

  • information on more than 350 roles in health, a number of real-life stories and videos, as well as a comprehensive course finder which lists more than 1000 courses leading to eligibility for professional registrationapple

Other features include:

  • a compare roles tool enabling you to compare bite-sized information on up to three different roles
  • a ‘related roles’ function to explore roles similar to the ones you are interested in, but may not have considered or even heard of before
  • an events calendar for information on career related events such as university open days and careers fairs

Doctor, dentist, or?

Studying biomedical sciences?  Then NHS Careers and NHS Jobs may be useful resources.

Laboratory or other work experience?  A few suggestions:

  • Laboratories for the NHS and private sector
  • Health Protection Agency (HPA)
  • National Blood Authority
  • Medical Research Council
  • Pharmaceutical and product manufacturers
  • Voluntary work in developing countries on behalf of international bodies such as the World Health Organization or the Voluntary Service Overseas
  • Specialist recruitment agencies

website to watch ..

Have you seen the PHORCaST website?  www.phorcast.org.uk – one to look at for anyone interested in health promotion or working in public health.

PHORCaST website (or Public Health Online Resource for Careers Skills and Training, to give its full title) is organised into six main areas:

  • improving people’s health
  • protecting people’s health
  • working with information
  • teaching and researching
  • maintaining and raising standards
  • leadership, planning and management

Areas covered include careers, roles and job requirements, developing a career in public health and accessing education and training. There are a large number of useful links concerning all aspects of public health and links to major health networks resources. There is also a useful Quick Start guide to help you navigate the site.