Foundation programme

Career planning workshops
The PSU offers all Thames Valley Foundation trainees three free Careers workshops at their local education centre:

  • For F1s: Your Career - Generic career development - 2017 dates
  • For F1s: Your Career - Preparing for specialty selection - 2017 dates
  • For F2s: Your Career - Communication/interview skills - 2017 dates


Your Medical Education Manager or Administrator will contact you about your local workshop/s. 
If you’re not able to attend your local workshop, you are encouraged to join one of the other sessions. Email the contact given with the workshop dates to request a place. 

Your Career – Generic career development
This PSU half-day workshop is highly interactive and recommended for all F1s.

It includes:

  • career planning tools and resources
  • tips on portfolio building
  • preparation for specialty selection
  • selection interviews on DVD.


Your Career - Preparing for Specialty Selection

The content and dates/times of this half-day workshop for F1s will be published soon.

Your Career - Communication/interview skills

The content and dates/times of this half-day workshop for F2s will be published soon.


Individual support

  • The PSU offers individual and confidential career guidance for those with a significant career dilemma, who have tried other resources but remain uncertain - most often about which specialty to apply for.  We can offer the Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI) as part of helping individuals understand their own preferences and approaches. 
  • Foundation trainees are also eligible for PSU coaching/mentoring, rather than career guidance,  if they are experiencing difficulties in their role.  See also our coaching/mentoring contract for how this works. 
  • If a trainee feels they need to talk to someone in confidence about work-related stresses or personal problems they can contact Medic Support, based in Oxford, for one or more free, confidential sessions.

Email us in confidence at:

Online resources