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Health: Application Tips

a guide to careers in medicine & nursing, therapies & specialisms, complementary medicine


Tips for Applying

How to get work in this sector

Skills Required

Medical & Nursing Skills

  • Excellent people skills. You will be providing care for people of all ages and backgrounds and should have a genuine interest and concern for everyone
  • Communication skills are important. You need to be good at listening as well as talking. The ability to explain options to patients and observe changes in condition can be key
  • The ability to deal with stressful situations and handle pressure. Nurses have a key role in helping patients and their families cope. Doctors need to make quick, clear decisions in often difficult circumstances
  • Teamwork. You will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and need to be aware of different roles, specialisms and be able to work together
  • Hard work. Can you cope with this over sustained periods?
  • The ability to keep your skills and knowledge up-to-date. There are always changes in this area, so continuing professional development is important

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Allied Health Professions

  • Excellent people and communication skills. Listening as well as talking
  • The ability to form good working relationships with clients of all ages and backgrounds. This might involve empathy as well as the ability to motivate people
  • Creative and adaptable, with the ability to create tailored programmes for individuals and to work in groups
  • Good teamworking skills and the ability to work alone

Complementary Medicine

  • Ability to inspire trust and confidence
  • Good listening and communication skills
  • Interest in the health and wellbeing of clients and empathy for their circumstances
  • Commercial skills for running your own business
  • Good powers of observation and problem solving skills


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Admission tests

Medical school admissions tests will include similar verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning tests to graduate employers. However, they may add knowledge based elements and/or judgement tests, such as the Decision Analysis Test (DAT) used in UKCAT