Taylor P.
NHS Graduate Management Trainee - HR
Specialism Human Resources

About Taylor

Key Experiences

NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme 2016 - HR
I have recently graduated from the University of Exeter where I studied Business Management with Human Geography, and I am now on the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme (2016) - specialising in HR. Prior to this, I have had experience in retail management and selling support, HR admin in a retail environment, and more recently I have been the assistant manager of a busy bar/restaurant whilst studying.

Current Position

NHS GMTS 2016 - HR
Human Resources - NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme 2016.
Currently placed in Derriford, South-West.

Main Motivations

Ability to change lives whilst, pursuing my passion for people!
This role allows me to make real differences to the lives of our service users, at the same time as studying and working in something I have a genuine interest for: people!

The scheme is dynamic and mouldable, and can change to suit both my needs and the needs of my host placements. This type of diversity in a role is really important to me, and the fast-pace is something which will challenge me and motivate me to push myself. The scheme also offers me experiences which, as a newly graduated student, I wouldn't be exposed to normally.

Finally, the NHS helps millions of people and their loved ones, as it has helped those close to me and in some cases continues to do so. However it is facing forever-more increasing levels of stress and resource shortages, and I want to be able to work towards reducing this - to maintain, and hopefully even improve the service so it can continue to help us.

Top Advice

Know why you want to work for the NHS!
Being able to convey a wealth of different and dynamic experiences you've faced and how you've dealt with them is also key - whether it be from your educational, personal or professional life. It's not necessarily how well your past roles match the job description in-hand, it's more about how you handle situations and communicate with people.

However, when applying for the scheme, you need to have a very true and solid reason as to why you want to work for the NHS. Knowing this, and being able to articulate it well, is the best piece of advice I can give you!

Greatest Achievement

Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award
Comprising of 18 months volunteering, 12 months of mastering various skills and 6 months of fitness. The award also included a 4 week expedition overall, which took place in South Africa. The expedition encompassed a 5 day residential course, 11 days of charity work (refurbishing a primary school in Mozambique) and a lot of walking!

The award was eye-opening, challenging, but most of all, rewarding!


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.

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