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Advice request - career planning for Australian student

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Suz the student, Aug 12, 2021.

  1. Suz the student

    Suz the student Welcome New Poster

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm Australian podiatry student and I'm looking for advice about planning my way forward to become a successful podiatrist.

    Please throw any advice you have my way!

    But I have a few rather specific queries too...

    On student placements:
    1. Will the student placements I take have any affect on where I find my first role after graduation? E.g. if I tried to do a lot of placements in hospitals, would that be a bonus to a prospective hospital employer? I suspect I will end up being a high-risk foot fanatic, so that is the reason for the question. Or would you recommend perhaps a more holistic approach to student placements, with variety in private / public and urban / rural?

    2. What are the worst / best things you've found about your previous students on placement?

    After graduation:
    1. What key characteristics should I be looking for in an employer for my first role?

    2. How many years would you expect a new graduate to take to reach a good standard where you'd trust them to diagnose and treat say ~95% of patients at the time of consult and without your input?

    3. I would be more than happy (pretty stoked in fact) to move to a typically undesirable location for a few years after graduation (e.g. Western NSW, QLD, remote WA), in order to secure a role but also to see the country, but then I would want to move on and see something new. Would it be terrible to move on after ~2 years in a town after I've built up patient relationships etc. - given they may have a bit of trouble filling the position after me? Should I instead aim to settle in a town I'd be happy to live and practice in for my whole working life? I do know some good places that could fit the bill, but I like the idea of variety and I worry about my chances finding a decent role in a place that is appealing to myself and no doubt to other podiatrists.

    Thanks everyone who feels like spilling their guts to me and I'm sorry I'm so verbose :/

    Suz the student
  2. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    I will try this one:
    Probably not.
    However, if you apply for a position at the hospital that you did a placement at, then that may be in your favour.
  3. Rob Kidd

    Rob Kidd Well-Known Member

    I do not really have an opinion as I did not really practice - was in education for 36/40'th of my working life. However, those that do have an opinion tell me this sort of thing. Are you headed for the private sector, or the public sector? If the latter, then the strong advice I have been given is to specialise (after graduating), in whatever floats your boat. In our house, high risk feet is the go, in others, it is sports etc etc. BUT be an expert in an area about which your are passionate.
  4. Suz the student

    Suz the student Welcome New Poster

    Thank you both :)
  5. FootDocHobart

    FootDocHobart Welcome New Poster

    Hi Suz
    Consider the Royal Hobart Hospital for a student placement (if they are still taking them post covid etc) . Great high risk clinic experience, but also a varied caseload and multidisciplinary team. Plenty of work options in Hobart both hospital and private practice and amazing travel opportunities in this scenic state every weekend with loads of different sights in easy short trips.

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