The RCR was present at the BMJ Careers Fair, held at the Business Design Centre in Islington on 20 and 21 October. The event attracted approximately 1,800 delegates over the two days; a mix of medical students and doctors of all grades and specialties from the UK and overseas. The College’s stand was busy throughout the event, with lots of interest in clinical oncology and clinical radiology careers. We were ably supported by a cohort of current trainees from both specialties, whose enthusiasm for their chosen careers was very much on display.
Some visitors to our stand were already clear on their chosen path, wanting advice on how to strengthen their applications to the specialties. Others were still undecided, wanting to find out more about what a career as a clinical radiologist or clinical oncologist might entail. Our trainees discussed every aspect of training and working in the specialties, from the training pathways to opportunities for research, exams and work/life balance.
We also co-hosted a seminar with the Association of Cancer Physicians entitled 'Caring and curing cancer: a career in oncology'. With six speakers – three from each specialty – focusing on training, working and research in both clinical and medical oncology, it was a wide-ranging and engaging session that gave a comprehensive overview of oncology careers. The talks prompted some interesting questions from the audience and showed that those attending were giving serious consideration to a future career in oncology.
We will be continuing our efforts to increase awareness of careers in our specialties at the Royal Society of Medicine’s Specialty careers fair 2017 on Friday 10 November.