Career change: utilising your existing skills to secure your dream job

If the pandemic has inspired you to consider your next move, our podcast guest Winnie George can point you in the right direction

Winnie George

Are you looking to change direction in your career? You are not alone. The pandemic has led many nurses to rethink – or at least review – their career pathway.

So, what can you do? Do you need to spend a lot of time retraining – or could you use your transferable skills to secure that new job?

Retention lead shares her experience and career advice

The latest episode of the Nursing Standard podcast hears from former associate director of nursing and midwifery Winnie George, who is new in post as retention lead at NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Like many nursing colleagues, the pandemic – and her personal experience of being very unwell with COVID-19 – inspired her to look for a fresh career opportunity.

Using your transferable skills and searching for new opportunities

Ms George talks about her career experience including gaining a tissue viability nursing role without specialist skills, and also how nurses can apply their existing skills, such as leadership in care provision or project management, to a new job.

She also tells podcast host Nursing Standard editor Flavia Munn about the use of secondments to gain new opportunities, and how flexible working and treating everyone as an individual can help to retain staff.

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