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​Young dentists should capitalise on unique position as highly-skilled health professionals

careers-day-2015.jpgThe BDA's Careers Day 2015 on Friday 13 February heard BDA President Alasdair Miller tell young dentists that although the current environment is challenging, they should capitalise on their unique position as highly-skilled health professionals.

The day welcomed over 200 young dentists, and offered practical advice and support on developing dental careers in an increasingly challenging world. BDA President Alasdair Miller told the packed auditorium at UCL's Senate House:

"Only dental registrants can do dentistry: capitalise on your unique position as a highly-skilled health professional. Don't rush into specialising too early: find out what suits you and work to develop your more specialised skills along the way, that way you won't risk narrowing your career choices too early on. I'd also advise you to get a good mentor early on, to help guide you, and don't be afraid to ask for help and advice if needed."

The morning featured a lively panel session, led by the Chair of the BDA's Principal Executive Committee's working group on Ethics, Education and the Dental Team, Judith Husband, discussing the keys to professional success in a rapidly changing environment, with the chance for delegates to ask their questions. The session focused on the increasing levels of debt facing graduates, the future of pre-speciality training and the impact and burden of increasing regulation in dentistry.

Panel members, Trevor Ferguson, Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) said that although clinical and technical skills were important, young dentists needed to develop their communications skills, to ensure they can build good relationships with both patients and colleagues and Stephen Porter, Professor of Oral Medicine and Director of the UCL Eastman Dental Institute added that it was important for young dentists to network and get themselves known in both patient and professional spheres, and to help develop their careers and their businesses.

The afternoon featured a varied range of workshop sessions, from working in NHS dentistry, following a community, hospital or military dental career, through to working in private practice and gaining business skills.

The highly popular CV clinic offered one-on-one advice from experienced dentists on improving CV's, and special parallel sessions focused on how to write a winning CV, as well as interview skills top tips.

An exhibition gave delegates a chance to meet a range of employers of dentists and organisations that support dentists.

The BDA has a range of resources on developing your career.

And look out for some special tailored sessions on career development for young dentists at this year's British Dental Conference and Exhibition.


17 February 2015