Dr Ravikiran Shetty (41) is a qualified GP working in St. Clears, Carmarthenshire. Originally from South India, Ravikiran moved to Wales to explore life abroad and enjoy a well-supported career path. He is now settled here with his young family and has the work-life balance he always wanted. He explains:
“I completed my medical training at an Indian University in 2000 and was continuing with my postgraduate studies when I decided I’d like to start my career somewhere completely new. A friend of mine had moved to Wales and told me about the relocation support available there. I moved here in 2005, qualified as a GP in 2010, and I’ve been here ever since.
“Initially, I completed a post graduate diploma in Ophthalmology and then decided to continue my career in Wales and applied for General Practice. Since qualifying, my wife and I have started a family. I’ve been fortunate to have work flexibility, which means I can shape my career path around my priorities outside of work.
“One of the best things about training, working and living in Wales is the comprehensive choice of CPD courses available to trainees and support for work based learning. I’ve completed a number of additional qualifications, including an MRCSEdn in Ophthalmology, a Diploma in Geriatric Medicine and a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. These opportunities have been tailored to my preferred choice of study, and it’s been amazing to explore the things that interest me most and discover a career that suits me.
“In Wales, there’s a real community spirit and a culture where skills and knowledge are shared openly. In my initial six months working in Wales, the staff around me were so helpful and approachable; I felt right at home and it really made me want to pursue my career here. Since then, advice and help has been easily found, and with this help I’ve built a portfolio that I’m really proud of.
“My reason for moving to Wales was primarily to live somewhere that’s welcoming and supportive. Wales has this, as well as lots of other lifestyle benefits, including fun and relaxing activities that are perfect for young families. There’s also scope to build a successful career in Wales with all of the support you could ever want to help you along the way. I would strongly encourage those looking to take the next step in their medical career to put Wales at the top of their list.”