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Career planning 

Career planning
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Career planning
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10.1093/med/9780199681907.003.0056
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date: 23 August 2019

Chapter 56 provides advice on early career planning, with specific reference to Foundation Programme applications, Academic Foundation Programme applications, and career taster opportunities. The Foundation Programme application process is summarized, with details about the types of application, timeline of application, online submission, educational performance measures used, situational judgement tests, and top tips to maximize the chance of a successful outcome. The situational judgement test forms a significant part of the overall score: the chapter covers example questions and the rationale for the preferred response. Academic Foundation Programmes allow additional scope and funding for research and form the early stages of the academic career pathway. Career taster weeks allow an opportunity to look closely at a career of interest by spending a week in that specialty. Advice on how to organize a taster week, what to ask about, and top tips in organizing your own career taster are provided. A comprehensive list of resources is provided for the reader.

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