Finding your first job as a new graduate

Kanchi Desai of Yeovil District Hospital shares her advice on finding your first job after graduating, including valuable interview tips.


Kanchi Desai
Kanchi Desai

'You’ve accomplished your challenges in university and earned your degree. Beyond this accomplishment lies another challenge, trying to find your first job.

'For me being an international student, I had no idea how to find a job as a physiotherapist in UK.

'To understand more, I talked to other physiotherapists.

Everyone had a different idea and route. Starting in a private clinic, locuming or in the NHS. I didn’t know there were so many options.

'When applying for a job, read the job description thoroughly to understand the role and duties. When writing your personal statement, try and cover most points in person specification.

Preparing for interview – top tips

  • Try to be to be confident, relaxed and yourself. It will help to clear your mind, listen, and remember what you need to say.
  • Revise your clinical knowledge. You may get asked about a case study, placement experience or a clinical interpretation like an Xray or ABG.
  • Give examples with your answers.
  • Use the person specification to demonstrate the criteria they are looking for.
  • Demonstrate understanding of clinical governance, safeguarding, health and safety, data protection and professional standards.
  • Mention the employers’ values and how they will influence your practice.
  • Practice saying your answers in advance. Some universities offer career support in preparing for interviews.
  • Don’t worry if you get an answer wrong. Remember, you can tell the interviewer you need more time.
  • Prepare answers for questions describing your strengths, weakness and previous experiences.
  • Never blame yourself for getting rejected. Always ask for feedback to use in your next interview.

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