Graeme - Educational Resource Developer, NHS Education for Scotland
My name is Graeme Brown. I served in the Royal Air Force (RAF) until 2008, when I was medically discharged with a leg injury. Since leaving the forces, I’ve gone on to do a degree in Applied Computing at Dundee University. I’m now employed by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) as an Educational Resource Developer.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
When I was growing up, I was very interested in aviation and aircraft and went to the RAF Leuchars Air Show almost every year. I liked anything to do with computers too.
What was it like in the RAF?
I was in the RAF for over 17 years. I joined as an Aircraft Technician, servicing and maintaining different aircraft. Later in my career, I moved to an engineering support role, giving specialist training to airmen who were starting their careers as Aircraft Technicians.
Why did a career in the NHS interest you and how did you get started?
I started applying for jobs after I graduated from university in 2015. At first, I found some temporary part-time roles in the education sector, helping students with learning needs access information online using assistive technology.
Looking for the next step in my career, I saw the Educational Resource Developer job advert online and decided to apply. I’ve been working in the Clinical Skills Managed Education Network (CSMEN) team at NES for 18 months.
What is your current job like?
I work with subject matter experts to develop online educational resources for the CSMEN team. This includes writing content, taking photographs and producing videos for eLearning modules and other learning resources. I also help my colleagues if there are technical problems with any of the tools or software we use.
I’ve been able to bring engineering, teamwork and collaboration skills from my time in the RAF into this role. My knowledge and experience of accessibility and the usability of online resources have also been very useful.
What opportunities are there to develop your skills and experience?
The opportunities to develop my skills and experience in my current role are enormous. We’re looking at bringing Virtual Reality (VR) into the simulations we develop for the Mobile Skills Unit to provide an immersive learning experience.
I also go to specialist conferences and meet with other eLearning experts to share ideas that will help online learning move forwards within the NHS.
What’s the best thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is that I find new challenges and things to learn every day. Working in a positive and friendly environment, where I feel supported is great too.
I enjoy producing resources that other people are using to learn and develop skills they will take into their workplace.
What do you think about NHSScotland as a place to work?
I thoroughly enjoy working for NES and look forward to many more years ahead.
What careers advice would you give to someone currently going through resettlement, trying to find a second career?
Don’t discount anything. You might find a role that matches your skills in the place you least expect it. I hadn’t considered working for NHSScotland until I saw the job advert for my current role.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known when looking for a civilian career?
It’s worth getting help and advice from support organisations, especially around job interviews and CV writing. There’s lots of help out there, it’s just knowing where to look.