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Tips for helping trainees

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Here are some tips for helping your students or trainees:

Provide a route map rather than a final destination. Educational supervisors are frequently concerned that they might inadvertently give a student or trainee poor careers advice. This concern is particularly acute at the moment, given the uncertainties surrounding applying for post-foundation jobs.

However, it might help you to know that advice giving is not, in fact, your key role. Instead, you should use the four-stage structure to provide a ‘route map’ through the rough terrain of career decision making. You’ll need to be clear that it is always up to the student/trainee to pick their final career destination.

Another way of putting this is to say that your role may involve posing challenging, insightful questions – but it doesn’t involve providing the answers. This idea is explored in greater detail in this sample scenario.

 

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