Knowing self, exploring opportunities: career planning #physiotalk 24th July 2017

Career planning picOn Monday 24th July at 8pm BST we’ll be focusing on career planning as physiotherapy students, physiotherapy associates and physiotherapists.

We originally intended holding this chat a fortnight earlier but had to cancel – our apologies for this but we hope you will all join us for this new date!

We’ve had a number of conversations recently with people who are thinking about their next steps, and wondering where to go and how to get there. So, we thought this might be a good time to draw on the collective experience of the physiotherapy and healthcare community. We also thought we’d run this a bit differently to help to you get the most out of the chat with some practical activities to take part in before the tweetchat (don’t worry, you won’t be asked to share them).

We are using this useful page from the Government of Western Australia to help structure the chat and which sets out Career planning is the continuous process of:

  • thinking about your knowledge, skills, values, skills and preferences;
  • exploring the life, work and learning options you want and are available to you;
  • ensuring that your work fits with your personal circumstances; and
  • continuously fine-tuning your work and learning plans to help you manage the changes in your life and the world of work.

Some tools to have a go at before the chat:

  1. SWOT analysis – what are your strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in relation to learning and progressing at work?
  2. Career planning – contextual analysis – in context of you and work
  3. Character Strengths questionnaire:

Some questions to think about before the chat:

  1. How much of our career can we really plan? What elements do and don’t we have control over?
  2. How successfully do we career plan for ourselves, and support others, as physiotherapy students, physiotherapy associates and physiotherapists?
  3. What approaches, tools and support can we use to make sure we know ourselves in the context of work, home and career planning?
  4. What approaches can we use to find out the range of work and learning opportunities are available to us now and in the future?
  5. Making decisions- easy, right…? What support and approaches can we use to help us make the right decisions? How do we learn from decisions that didn’t work out?
  6. How can we ensure our short and longer term career planning fits with our objectives and personal development plan at work? How do we allow for flexibility and uncertainty? How do we align our own goals with those of our employers?
  7. How can we better support peers and staff to plan their learning and career progression?

Useful reading:


Chat transcript

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