In a senior management post at age 27 I'm aware that I am a little younger than most of my colleagues, but age really is just a number in the NHS.
Having joined on the National Graduate Management Training Scheme in 2004, I have enjoyed excellent support and career progression opportunities that have resulted in me finding myself in the position I am currently in, leading a hospital-wide project that directly contributes to our trust's strategic objectives.
There is a massive scope of opportunities available in the NHS, regardless of your background. You don't have to be a doctor or a nurse to make a difference to thousands of patients on a daily basis. There are so many members of the NHS family, and though managers are perhaps one of the more beleaguered as far as the press are concerned, I have nothing but respect for our trust's management team.
I have had a fantastic experience of the NHS Jobs service too. When I was planning on returning home following a year's career break in Mexico, I was keen to get back into the NHS. The NHS Jobs website allowed me not only to look for vacancies while abroad, but also to contact the recruiters and apply for those positions. Not being in the country was no hindrance to the application stage of the process, as everything being done online meant I didn't need to worry about missing post. I could track the status of my applications online easily, which I really appreciated.