Career development is a lifelong process of learning and decision-making that brings you closer to your ideal job, skillset and lifestyle. The School offers a range of opportunities for all the members of its community – staff and students – to develop their career and self-growth goals.
The Clinical, Education and Professional Services Career Development Committee has organised an online Career Fair to highlight some of these opportunities. We have asked some of our existing staff to talk about their career paths to give a flavour of what is possible. We hope that by listening to these talks, this will inspire you to follow your goals and seek out opportunities to help you evolve into the professional you want to be.
The talks are aimed at different audiences. This includes both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and also we hope they cater for the different sectors of our staff (Clinicians, Veterinary nurses, technicians, researchers, academics).
Due to the COVID situation and in order to get to as many of you as possible, we have designed this online version of the event in which the talks rather than being delivered live have been pre-recorded and are available in this website.
Catherine Davidson is an Edinburgh Clinical Academic Track Veterinary Clinical Lecturer and she was one of the first to join this track of career development at the R(D)SVS. Through this video she discusses about what this unique an exciting opportunity consists of, and presents her own personal experiences.
Paul Wood is a Senior Lecturer in Farm Animal Practice and Principal Clinician in the Farm Animal Practice and Hospital. Alongside his clinical obligations, he is also a part-time PhD student. During this video, Paul explains how he manages to juggle all the different activities that he does as part of his role at Edinburgh University!
Gura Bergkvist is a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy and Director of Student Recruitment. In this video she discusses the relevance of Student Recruitment and Admissions, what does this process consist of, and how staff members can get involved in it.
Brendan Corcoran, Chair of Veterinary Cardiopulmonary Medicine at the R(D)SVS talks in this video through the relevance of networking and interaction in conferences and meetings and the impact it has in career development.
Jessie Paterson is a Senior Lecturer in Student Learning. Her video gives a flavour of how she landed up doing the job she does today; following a very wavy career path with loads of diversions and changes!
Laura Kidd is a Clinical Skills Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. In this video she presents her very varied career working in practice, teaching student vet nurses and vet students.
Jess Davies is an Anaesthesia Veterinary Nurse at the Hospital for Small Animals of the R(D)SVS, and in this video she presents her very varied and exotic career to inspire others into seeking opportunities to grow.
Nicola Cuthbert (Researcher Development Manager) and Joanna Fairweather (Human Resources Partner) provide an overview of the career development tools and support available from within the University and beyond for technical members of staff..