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Struggling with your medical career choices?
The sort of career decisions that many people worry about for years include
choosing a clinical specialty ( even once one has been chosen - years later this can resurface)
taking time out of programme
letting go of a career dream
When faced with helping someone make a career decision that they are finding difficult - there are about 20 different methods and techniques or exercises that can really help the individual to confidently make a decision and feel happy about it - often after months or years of dilly dallying about.
A massive amount of emotional energy and time are literally sometimes completed wasted over a period of YEARS when in fact some straightforward career support would have resolved it quickly.
Thus the time spent in "panic/worry/stress" mode regarding the career - had it been spent in logical career planning methodology with some personalised reassurances via a neutral sounding board perhaps as well - there would have been a swift resolution.
Here are some of the basic career planning principles as applied to career decision making...
If the above is not helping - you may really benefit from an objective evaluation by an experienced medical careers adviser where we can apply the other 16 methods and offer a neutral yet challenging sounding board and an objective view of your career and how you fit it and it you. Book in for our Career Review Programme perhaps?
There are a myriad of other options for doctors - some involve clinical work and some like medical informatics may not - but the main thing to keep in mind is - what do you love doing and what would you like more of ( NOT what would you like LESS of - as latter is negative and one can not easily persuade a brain to work towards negatives - it is simply not motivating - Oh and that is technique number 5 !!).