Radhika Rangaraju graduated in Mechanical Engineering and later specialised in Business and IT. She is now a Marketing and Information Analyst for the NHS.
What made you decide upon a career in Healthcare?
It was the opportunities that the NHS National Programme for Information Technology offered that attracted me. During my Masters degree I realised the scope of the industry, both internationally and in UK.
How did you get your job in the NHS?
Through applying for the Graduate Management Training Scheme Recruitment. I am on the first ever batch of Informatics graduate management trainees.
What are the benefits of working in the public sector?
A public sector organisation offers a rich and diverse culture with plenty of opportunity to learn. The satisfaction you get when seeing improvement in quality of life for the public, as a direct result of work you have done, is immense. The work/life balance offered by the public sector is also a great benefit. Above all I think it is a great place to discipline your business mind to innovate, to provide better quality more efficiently and with limited resources.
What sort of training did you do?
The scheme sponsored the graduates to do Prince2 Project Management, MSP Programme Management and several personal development courses.
What does your role involve?
This is a very difficult question, as I have been involved in so many different things. In my current placement I am a project manager for a Connecting for Health Clinical Dashboard Project. I also work as part of the Business Information Specialists team to support different directorates in the hospital. I am also involved in providing marketing, contracting and performance information and support to the business development and finance departments of the trust.
Is there such a thing as a typical day?
No, not at all. I think variety is the spice of life and I am glad that my job offers me that.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy meeting people who are at the frontline of our NHS services. Being able to assist them in achieving their goals is something I enjoy the most.
Do you feel an added pressure working for an organisation that spends public money?
Yes, most definitely. I feel the public sector is obliged to give the public the best possible return on their tax contributions.
There are lots of graduates looking for work at the moment. How do you think they can stand out from the crowd?
With the right attitude. In these times, there is no lack of skills and qualifications in the job market. Therefore to stand out graduates need to be super enthusiastic, super hardworking and super sincere in their work.
What qualities are most valued in your line of work?
A ‘can do’ attitude, sincerity and commitment to the NHS vision.
How do you envisage your career unfolding?
I have taken up a role of Divisional Analyst, which is very much like a business analyst role for an acute hospital trust where I will be looking after the business and information needs of Clinical Support Unit (which includes pharmacy, pathology and radiology). I may then take up a post in Primary Care of NHS to get a better feel for the primary and community aspects of NHS healthcare.
Once I feel that I have good knowledge of the operational and information side of NHS I would like to move on to be a policy maker at the Department of Health and organisations such as Connecting for Health and The Information Centre. Preparing myself to work for the likes of the Department of Health is a big motivation for me right now.