This period allowed me to really understand how a local authority operates and as well as relaxing away from education after 14 straight years. After learning the basics of accounting, my final year of university focused on the key elements of finance including financial management, corporate finance and financial markets. This provided a foundation of knowledge which I took into my role at Action for Children within their head finance department, after I graduated.
Working for a charity has similarities to healthcare, so this put me on a great stead when applying for NHS' GMTS. Working with all areas of the finance function gave me confidence that the finance route was the right career move for me. At the charity, I worked closely with senior management and this gave me an idea of how to lead teams for the future. This experience helped as this scheme was the next step in my career, but would not have been able to achieve this without any prior experience.
The first placement will focus on financial accounting, and the second on strategic side of finance ie. management accounting. I will work within the three divisions of Imperial College Healthcare Trust's finance department, taking on what I have learnt to manage a strategic overview of different services.
This is all that I can give at the moment, and until I have some weeks behind me in this role.
Reading previous alumni's profiles, the scheme puts trainees in a position to make a difference. That is one of the main reasons why they were employed in the first place, and I want to be next on the conveyor belt driving this change. My impact may be small initially, but this will build throughout the scheme, and I will use what I have learnt throughout my career. Trainees are taught to be future leaders. I know I will be one.
You have found the ideal job, and you really want the role. So you do the standard things: fill the application form, research the role and company. Great; you have been invited to an interview. You do all you can to justify your potential employment. Sell yourself as best as you can, put as much effort as you can. However, it does not work. Someone else gets that job. What now? Do you sulk, and think that is it? No! There will a disappointing period, but you cannot let this linger. Find out why you did not get the job. Where did you lack? What more could you have shown?
This shows growth and maturity. You accept this trough, but you are willing to do something about it. It may be working on your interview technique, gaining further experience and knowing technical information. This is good. You should embrace this. This gives you an opportunity to develop.
The graduate process it tough. I mean really tough. Not everything will go your way always. With the NHS scheme being one of the popular schemes in the country and only around 1% being hired. Put yourself in the position to be that 1%. Learn everything you can and more! You will regret it otherwise. Challenge your limits, and find success through previous failures.
Fortunately, I was one of the few chosen by the University of Nottingham to represent the body on the TV show, University Challenge. However, we did not reach the later stages, but it gave me great experience in regards being committed, and determined throughout an objective. I have to say this all came from younger self. I gained this discipline after learning to play the violin since aged 8. I went on to play for school orchestras, and lead the string section at various concerts. I feel this is important as it shows your ability to balance between a work-social life. Plus you are going to learn more skills than you think.
I now use this experience by blogging for my own, and another graduate site. Reflection can be useful in developing personally, and I use this medium to make sure I am on the right path in life.
Whatever your future leadership ambitions are, the NHS offers a fantastic start with a variety of challenging placements in an organisation that is wholeheartedly determined to provide equal opportunities to all employees. Selection for the scheme is based solely on aptitude and ability to ensure we have the best leaders for the NHS.Visit website