I recently graduated (July 2013) from Keele University with an upper second class honours degree having no management experience whatsoever.
However aspiring to a career in management didn't seem such a daunting task when I was told about the NHS graduate management training scheme just before going into my final year at university.
Attracted by the opportunity and training focused programme offered by the scheme I managed to successfully navigate my way through the rigorous application process to be offered a place as a general management trainee starting in September 2013.
For three days a week I spend my time focused on various projects to improve and streamline services offered within the women's and children's care group which is part of The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS trust.
For the remaining two days a week I work with "Future Configuration of Hospital Services" Team which involves me supporting projects which aim to reconfigure trust services to benefit patient experience.
Being a part of two different teams really pushes my limits which I enjoy. I also feel I am getting invaluable experience by being both involved in small projects with a more focused impact and large project which can potentially affect patients and staff across the region!
For example I spent every day of my first month in a completely different place/department to the previous day, sometimes I would visit 3 or 4 departments in a single day; my time was spent in theatre watching hernia operations or walking round all the wards with the hospital at night team just to name a couple.
These opportunities are not exclusive to your host trust. Plenty of development opportunities are offered by external organisations such as the NHS Leadership Academy, Clinical Commissioners and healthcare focused Charities.
This is true for life outside of work as well. Working a full time job and doing a postgraduate qualification is not easy and you will quickly be wishing for more hours in the day. But once in a while you need to take time for yourself otherwise you will quickly burn out.
However I feel that managing to secure a place on the scheme is something to be particularly proud of. Having applied to only this scheme coming out of university I was overjoyed when I was offered a place. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the scheme so far and working within the NHS in general - I look forward to the opportunities ahead!
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