F1 job ranking strategyWatch
I'm currently trying to navigate the labyrinth of FPAS job rankings. I've got no idea how to go about ranking them all. I'm thinking of sorting by location, then ranking rotations within that. I know a couple of my friends have printed out all of the rotations, cut them out and arranged them on the floor. Seems like an okay way of doing it but does anybody know a better method?
I've had a brief perusal of Google's results, but there seems to be very little advice on how to do this.
How is everybody going about it?
After that, I put my preferred speciality+location right at the top (so paeds). Then I went down a descending list of location preference, sub-ranking within that by what specialities I liked. As I'm going to Wales, location was more important than speciality as I don't want to be in the north! If I was at a smaller deanery in geography terms I would have been a lot more tempted to rank speciality blocks.
I had 50 programmes to rank but was only really interested in programmes mainly from one area and a few from another and made a excel sheet with around 30 programmes from this. As about half were paired with FY2, I had a system with if a job contained GP it was orange, EM green, both blue, both and "good" 3rd rotation dark blue, acute medicine got yellow boxes in Fy1. Specialities I didn't like were orange text, specific locations and different hospitals got different text styles or colours. This made it easier to pick out which programmes had more rotations that I liked.
1) Jobs which were in Brighton or easily commutable from Brighton the first year with a second year in Brighton or easily commutable from Brighton - Ranked in order of desirability
2) Jobs which had the first year in Brighton or easily commutable from Brighton and the second year away from Brighton - Jobs where the second year was in London were at the top (as I figured I was more likely to be able to swap them) they were then ordered in order of preference for the F1 job.
3) Jobs with the first year away from Brighton second year in or commutable from Brighton ranked in order of distance from Brighton first then jobs second
4) Jobs which had two years away from Brighton ranked in order of distance in the first year from Brighton (with a hope that I could swap the second year to be in or close to Brighton.
This took a while but it worked as I have yet to have to leave Brighton (4 and a half years post qualification). However this was obviously a very geographical way of doing things. If you don't have a particular attachment to an area then this probably isn't the method for you!