After completing a law degree, Sabah Minhas, now our head of clinical legal services, didn’t expect to spend 11 years working for an airline.
Sabah (above), who joined us in May 2022, is one of several colleagues at our Trust who has shared her varied employment history during national Careers Week (6 to 11 March).
She took a role at British Airways as a summer job on completing her degree, staying for over a decade as she rose through the ranks. She was even one of the first Asian women to join the male dominated ramp and baggage team.
She then worked with the Crown Prosecution Service, progressing to associate prosecutor, before joining the Home Office.
Sabah said: “I think I sometimes get itchy feet in my career, but it’s only because I want to keep learning and growing.”
Becky Deeny (above), deputy head of patient experience, has had a few roles in our Trust since joining in 2019 as a complaints coordinator. However, it’s her background as a police officer which she credits with giving her the resilience and cool head that is helping her to excel in the NHS.
She said: “I’d wanted to be a police officer since the age of three and felt very proud when I achieved my goal. As time went on, the job changed and I felt I was no longer making a difference in the way I wanted to.
“I knew I wanted to stay in public service, change things for the better and feel proud of what I do. All those things led me to the NHS.”
Becky’s advice to anyone considering a career change is to focus on what drives them.
For Lesley Roberts (above), who joined our Education team in 2021 and is head of our new apprentice and career hub, an injury changed her career path.
She spent over 13 years in the Royal Navy, rising to the rank of petty officer as a weapons engineer. After being medically discharged, she joined a defence technology company, where the managing director spotted her potential.
She said: “It was a boring job initially, but he picked me out and supported me to develop, something I now try to do for others. I became manager of the apprentice training centre and realised that was where my passion lay.”
Lesley’s varied career also includes national education manager for McDonald’s.
Sabah, Becky and Lesley all featured in the most recent edition of CareerMap Vibes, a regular publication aimed at helping our staff enhance and develop in their careers.