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Careers NHS Week

……think outside the box

Inspired by the work of the NHS? 

Think it’s not for you because you don’t have the right degree…….how about you think again? 

The NHS is the largest and most diverse employer in the UK. They offer graduates a huge range of professional career options welcoming every degree subject. From Doctor and Nurse postgraduate training opportunities to ground breaking technical research, hospital management or medical photography and filming and everything else in-between....we think you’ll be surprised at what’s on offer.    

Join us for a week of online career inspiration and discover how YOUR DEGREE can open the door to joining Team NHS.

Grab a cuppa and tune in to live Q & A panel where we catch up with NHS staff to hear about their own career journeys and the huge variety of graduate career opportunities available to you across the health sector whatever your degree subject. Our panellists will be:-  

Think Outside the Box 

Monday 9 November 1 – 2pm, ONLINE EVENT

  • Abigail Hopewell BA (Hons) Public Management, 1999 - Head of Leadership and Operational Development, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Kelechi Nnoaham - Executive Director of Public Health Medicine, Cwm Taf University Health Board
  • Sophie Hughes - Health Economist, Health Technology Wales

You must register before the event to receive the online link.  Click here to register.

Making a Difference in Mental Health 

Thursday 12 November 1 – 2pm, ONLINE EVENT

  • Freda Lacey - Mental Health Partnership Manager for Powys Teaching Health Board
  • Gareth Hopkin - Health Services Researcher, Health Technology Wales 

You must register before the event to receive the online link.  Click here to register.

Stand out from the crowd

We know it’s not all about the qualifications, but about the practical experience needed to understand the industry you’d like to enter as a graduate. Apply your learning in a real workplace environment, whether physically or virtually depending on the industry climate. 

Do you have a question about Work Placements?

Tuesday 10 November, 11:00 - 12:00 ONLINE EVENT

Members of the Placement Team will be holding a 60 minute ‘drop in’ session to introduce themselves and their roles and will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding a ‘Placement’ at USW.

You must register before the event to receive the online link.  Click here to register.

Are you worried about work experience?

Wednesday 11 November, 14:00 - 15:00  ONLINE EVENT

If you are feeling worried about getting work experience, particularly at this uncertain time, then this is the webinar for you.

Find out more about:

  • the kind of work experience you could do, including virtual work experience
  • where you can get work experience
  • what to do if you can't get work experience 
  • the extra help available to USW students

You must register before the event to receive the online link.  Click here to register.

USW Careers 

are here for you

We can help you find your career direction, you can get your CV checked, book a mock interview, explore your freelancing options, secure a placement, build your experience, develop your network, be employable and get inspired.

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Start here to explore pathways into the health sector and to access our full range of resources and services to support you on your journey. 


Our career and skills development system. It is jam-packed with resources, tools and learning materials to help you understand yourself better and the options open to you, develop your skills, and present yourself well to employers – including great resources to help you create a fantastic LinkedIn profile 


Jobs & volunteering board where you can find all the latest health & care sector opportunities posted by a range of organisations both on a local and national level. 

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Are you struggling to get work experience? We provide one to one support to eligible students to get career-relevant work experience.  This could be in a role linked to your degree or something completely different! 


Have a look at our advice and support if you are completing a placement as part of your course. 


We are always here to help. Appointments are available to all USW students and graduates via Microsoft Teams (video) and via telephone. 

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Want more? Check out our calendar of workshops, events and employer activities. 

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It’s all about developing the right skills. Complete our online employability award, the GradEdge Award, which will help you to develop the skills and attributes employers in the health sector are looking for. 

Graduate Schemes

Joining the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme will give you the opportunity to become an NHS leader of the future.   

Candidates have the choice of six specialisms – Finance, Health Analysis, Health Informatics, Human Resources, Policy and Strategy or General Management.  Opportunities are available across England.  

Discover more by clicking on the link

You can chat to current trainees here.

This 2-year programme has been designed for aspiring NHS Wales future leaders, gaining academic knowledge as well as a hands-on learning experience, based in placements across Wales in primary care, secondary care and a corporate divisions. Trainees will study for a fully funded Masters programme alongside work-based learning. 

The NHS Wales Financial Graduate Management Scheme will give you the opportunity to develop your financial management and leadership skills whilst studying for a professional accountancy qualification through an intense development experience, learning to work alongside clinicians and other professionals. 

Discover more by clicking on the link


Job search

It's not just about Doctors and Nurses ...

Fiona McKechnie

Occupational Therapist

Chloe Sparrow

Arts Psychotherapist

Alexandra Skwarnecki-Cokeley, Local Authority Engagement Officer

Esyllt George, NHS Arts & Health Coordinator 


Can you give me your job title and a brief overview of your role? 

My title is Arts and Health Coordinator with Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board. In the role, I develop, initiate, deliver and coordinate arts and creative projects for health and wellbeing on behalf of the Health Board. 

What was your career journey/how did you get into this role? 

I worked in related roles, such as Dramatherapist, Community arts project manager and professional development and employability support and guidance adviser for HE students and graduates 

What’s the best thing and the most challenging thing about your job? 

The best thing is bringing together a range of people to discover creative ways of working together and develop creative projects which benefit health and wellbeing. 

Challenging thing is that there is so much potential of things to do it could take me 24 hours every day! 

What qualifications and work experience do you need? 

Interest and experience of any sort in the arts and creativity and impact this can have on wellbeing 

What is your top tip for students wanting to work in the field of mental health? 

Reflect on your interests in this work and motivation for working in this field. Talk to other people working in a range of roles in mental health. Then decide of best ways for you to gather experience. 

Keep up to date with the latest from @USWCareers.






Climate Change - Want to make difference?  Have an idea that could change the world?  

Then why not enter the SYNIAD challenge for a chance to get your idea out there and changing things for the better.  The winning idea will receive an IPad and £100 cash.

Use your creativity to present your world-changing idea that can contribute to improving one of 4 areas: 

  • Food and Diet 
  • Material consumption 
  • Transport and mobility 
  • Heating and cooling 

Your solution could be industrial, social, educational, or cultural – it could be global or local, radical or subtle. 

Growing powerful ideas and being able to share them in an inspiring way are valuable skills needed across all parts of society, work and business.   

The competition is open from 2nd November 2020 until February 2021 – so start creating!!

The competition is led by Cardiff University, funded by Welsh Government and open to all university students studying in Wales. 

If you need any help with developing and presenting your idea, then drop the Student Enterprise Team an email

If you want to start developing and testing your idea or perhaps developing it as a business idea then Student Enterprise can advise how to go about it and link you into the right people both within and externally to make your ideas happen