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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



DFT recruitment support

To help dental students across the UK who are looking to apply for National Recruitment Dental Foundation Training, we have created an online Situational Judgement Test (SJT) course designed to practice different scenarios and build confidence in answering SJTs.


The course consists of an introductory video on SJTs, covering the purpose, format, and methodology, as well as 50 cases which have been designed to practise a broad range of scenarios. Delegates will be able to compare their results with recommended answers and will highlight additional resources available through the BDA Library.