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Getting your first job guide

Updated for 2020-21, this guide has been written specifically for final year dental students to help with the next step on your dental career path: securing your first job.This year’s guide is available to download below.

BDA student members need to log in to download the guide. If you are not yet a BDA student member, you can join online for only £2.50 a month, then download the guide.

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Dr Helen Falcon MBE, former Postgraduate Dental Dean and former Chair of COPDEND, gives guidance on preparing for your Dental Foundation Training assessment. This includes how to succeed in the Situational Judgement Test as well as example Situational Judgement questions.


Jeff Ellis, a Vocational Trainer from Scotland gives interview tips for Scottish Vocational Training candidates. Potential questions you may be asked in your interview, plus helpful guidance on choosing a practice is covered.


There is also helpful advice about writing a winning CV, plus a sample CV to download.


​Get your copy

All final year student members can download a copy of the guide . Log in with your BDA log in details to access the guide.

If you are not a member and would like a copy you can join online​ or over the phone 020 7563 4550. Student membership is now only £2.50 a month.


Getting your first job guide


Interview skills lecture

You can also find out more about preparing for your interview in our 'Making the right impression' interview skills lecture. These will be available online via your dental school in the autumn term. Find out when we're delivering the online lecture at your school.


DFT recruitment videos and webinars

To polish up your skills for the dental foundation training assessment, we have created an online series of seminar-style videos and live webinars.


Composed by Alasdair Miller, former Postgraduate Dental Dean for the South-West, Andrea Ogden, BDA Undergraduate and Career Development Lead and Jonathan Lewney, Consultant in Public Health and Associate Editor for BDJ Portfolio, these informative videos cover the DFT recruitment process, practice Situational Judgement Tests, plus offer helpful assessment tips.


We also offer live Q&A sessions in which our experts discuss practice SJTs and provide tips on national ranking and answering techniques. Places are limited to 150 so register now and join us for an interactive discussion where we will answer your burning questions and help to prepare you to take on the SJTs with confidence.


Find out more and register for your place.