Freya R.
Graduate Management Trainee
Specialism General Management

About Freya

Key Experiences

Psychology Graduate learning how to be an NHS leader!
2015: A strong interest in Mental Health, coupled with a desire to challenge myself, motivated me to apply for Psychology BSc courses at University- despite having never studied the subject before!

I loved every minute of my course (especially Clinical Psychology, and History and Conceptual Issues in Psychology), and learned lots from my experiences at University.

2017: The realisation that I loved my job, as a Student Ambassador Leader (and was actually quite good at it!), motivated me to apply for a leadership role within the NHS.

I applied for the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme in October 2017, and started on the scheme this September (2018)!

Current Position

Learning to inspire, support and lead others within the NHS!
Graduate Management Trainee on the General Management stream of the NHS Grad Scheme.

First Placement (11 months): Operational Lead in a Community Healthcare Service.

Flexi-placement (2 months): To be confirmed...

Second Placement (10 months): Commissioner at a Clinical Commissioning Group.

Main Motivations

Opportunities to have genuine impact on the lives of others!
My motivations to work for the NHS are endless, but (however, cliché it may sound) one thing that all my motivations have in common is that they are routed in what the NHS means to me...

I see the NHS as more than a National Health Service- I look around and see how my family, friends, and mostly everyone I meet, has (at some point) experienced the NHS.

It plays an important role in millions of peoples lives, and with this, is forever adapting to new opportunities and challenges that our society brings.

I am motivated to do what I can do to support the NHS in looking after my friends, family and others, and look forward to everyday being different!

Top Advice

Start by finding something you are passionate about!
This time last year (like many of you might be now), I was in my third year at university juggling a dissertation, revision for exams and work-experience, whilst also starting to think about applying for graduate schemes...

It can sometimes be difficult to think ahead- whether you're a third year student like I was, or you're already working full-time- life has a habit of getting in the way! But, my top piece of advice is that you dedicate proper time to thinking about your future, and avoid the temptation to push graduate opportunities to the back of your mind...

However, I'm not talking about researching employers online, revising interview questions etc., (although these things are useful)- I think the best way to start is to find something you are passionate about.

Look back at your university studies, your hobbies or perhaps your previous employment, and think about what you have enjoyed doing...

For example, whilst studying psychology at university, I developed a strong interest in mental health, and so, spent time volunteering at a Dementia care home- I soon realised that I wanted a career with potential to have a positive impact on the lives of others. The NHS has given me a chance to do that, and I'm enjoying working for a cause that I'm genuinely passionate about!


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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