GUEST BLOG: A specialist career in medicine

Priory Dr Niall Campbell, consultant psychiatrist at the Priory Hospital Roehampton who specialises in addiction, talks about how he got started in medicine and how young hopefuls can start their professional careers in the field of psychiatry. 

What was it that led you to become a psychiatrist?

I have always known ever since my days at school that I wanted to be a doctor.  I was not good at mathematical type sciences, but really enjoyed biological sciences; how the human body and people in general really work.

From the age of 16 I did summer jobs as a nursing auxiliary in a cardiac unit in a local hospital.  I really enjoyed talking to the patients, many of whom had just had heart attacks and faced uncertain futures.  I felt that I had an empathy with them, I could listen to their stories and even at that age I realised that just talking to them was helpful.

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Science and Technology Careers Newsletter: win £4,000, talk to Careers staff, volunteering work experience

Departmental Careers Events: Weeks 2 – 5 (12 Jan – 6 Feb)

These events are specifically tailored to your department – don’t miss out!


  • First years – Introduction to Careers! Wed 14 Jan, 3-4pm PX/001
  • Introduction to the Employability Tutorial, Fri 23 Jan, 1-2pm, G/169


  • First years – Everything you need to know about Careers NOW!  Thu 15 Jan, 2-3pm G/169
  • Getting Work Experience, Wed 21 Jan, 11am-12pm, D/L/028


  • First years – Everything you need to know about Careers NOW!  Thu 15 Jan, 3-4pm C/A/101


  • First years – Everything you need to know about Careers NOW!  Mon 19 Jan, 4-5pm B/020


  • First years – Introduction to employability, Tue 27 Jan, 10:00 – 11:30am or 11:30 – 1pm (Please note – students are allocated to a specific session) B/R/012

Computer Science

  • Final years and Masters – CV Writing Weds 28 Jan, 1:30pm – 2:30pm (Book by selecting this in your Employability Audit and venue details will then be forwarded to you)
  • Final years and Masters – Interview Training Weds 11 Feb, 1:30pm – 2:30pm (Book by selecting this in your Employability Audit and venue details will then be forwarded to you)
  • Careers appointments on Heslington East campus Thur 29 Jan 1pm – 2:30pm (Book via Careers Gateway)
  • First years – What you need to know about Careers NOW! Thur 12 Feb 1:30pm – 2:30pm CSE/270


  • First years – what you need to know about Careers now! Tue 20 Jan, 1 – 2pm, P/L/001
    Thales – mock assessment centre for second year students
    Thur 22 January 12 – 2pm, D/L/036 – you must book place in advance


  • Second years – Internships, work experience and careers Wed 21 Jan 11am – 12 noon P/L/001


Science and Technology Careers Snippets

Advice from employers specifically to Maths students A series of videos from employers giving advice on what they are looking for in a graduate, what experience it is useful to have and explanations of industrial placements and graduate schemes.

Explore a variety of careers in Science and Research. Profiles of up to 39 careers based in science and research including how to get started and what’s involved.

Search for a Star programming competition for students who want to break into the games industry. Applications need to be in by 15 January!

NHS Scientist Training Programme for Medical Physics event, Friday 16 January, Newcastle. An opportunity to meet current STP trainees and talk about their experiences, as well as discovering more about unique opportunities available and how to apply! To find out more click

NHS STP – applications now open. Deadline 30 January.

Looking for an internship or year in industry placement ? Try the Cogent website

Environmental careers update – the ENDS website has some useful reports on the state of the environmental careers market.


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How we work with departments to support you

Each department has a named Careers Adviser who works closely with it to decide on relevant careers-related activities to support you each academic year. 

Alongside our central session of careers activities which are open to everyone, we offer a range of tailored sessions in each academic department each term. Examples include CV sessions where you get the chance to see and review sample CVs reflecting your degree and related career areas; and sessions focusing on finding work experience based on your degree discipline.

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