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Disillusioned Podiatrist

Discussion in 'Podiatry Arena Help, Suggestions and Comments' started by felius, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. felius

    felius Welcome New Poster

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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm feeling a little disillusioned with Podiatry. Need some suggestions from people.

    I qualified over a year ago and have had experience in the private sector and I worked in a fantastic fast moving NHS clinic in London where I gained the best experience ever!!

    However NHS jobs are few and far between and temporary contracts are common. I have been thinking about other areas my podiatry degree may permit me to work in. Has anyone else out there got a podiatry degree and is doing something in hospitals or in the health sector for example, which is not podiatry based?

    I have been thinking about a teaching course in Biology as I love the subject, but also, are there any masters courses people have done after a podiatry degree which have taken them in a different field?

    Any answers are greatly received,

  2. Have a look see at Masters programmes. One of the problems is that about a year ago you were preparing for your finals, studying really hard, finishing your dissertation etc. And you've gone from that to working, with respect, as an entry level chiropodist in the NHS. Find something for your brain to do and develop your knowledge base. At the same time, try to become better at all areas of your job.
  3. davidh

    davidh Podiatry Arena Veteran

    Most of us have been disillusioned with podiatry at some stage - my advice is to work through it - it's a good profession once you find what you want to do within it.
    Remember that one year in you really know very little about Podiatry.
    However if you are really determined on change grab some prospectuses and start looking.

    A good first degree (by which I mean a 2.1 or First) will allow you access to any Uni in England (provided you do an ok interview of course). You can change track and do Medicine or Law - sound good?
    A 2.2 and below will probably allow you access to all of the newer universities (who tend not to be so fussy). Much less of a choice of course - you won't get onto a Law or Medicine course for instance, but still some good opportunites if you care to look.
  4. Tony Maher

    Tony Maher Welcome New Poster

    I would say it took me a good three years to settle into the profession. If you are young and ambitious I would consider one of the many Podiatry MSc degrees. An MSc is fast becoming a prerequisite for specialist posts in the NHS and will open up many doors. Keep applying for NHS posts and when you finally get one, give 100% and you will be surprised just how quickly you progress.

    At the same time, why not try a bit of private practice? Unfortunately I'm not sure a BSc in Podiatry offers many transferable skills in the way a BA Hons would.

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