Questioning ones career path, reengineering it or looking at it differently does not equate to leaving it.
Defining career change BEFORE you make any big decisions
Sometimes doctors and dentists leave career planning for so long that they become desperate . At this point it is very easy to assume that the only way forwards is to leave medicine or dentistry. Occasionally - it is! But it is not a comprehensive approach to "assume".
Before anyone embarks on a significant career re-evaluation it is useful to realise that change can encompass many different "styles'
The very earliest stages of reevaluating a career and getting ready for for change is addressed in our ecourse "Prepare to career plan".
When people think of making changes to their career it is easy to think this means only number 8 - a radical decision.
They naturally fear losing something or that it means they are being demoted or failing or that the future is somehow scarier than just leaving the status quo (it is worth pondering too that making no decision is also - a decision & that leaving things as is - may have consequences).
Such an attitude fosters huge procrastination as the person oscillates between " I must do something" and " I can't leave what I have struggled to achieve". This either/or thinking is not helpful and can cause careers to remain in limbo for years.
In reality - career re-evaluation is more about improving both where you are going professionally and how you get there.
It might require a major overhaul but it might also merely require one or two career planning skills improved.
career planning Medical Forum style is NOT about "leaving" anything.
Some thought provoking points:
Don't make assumptions about career guidance or your career options - find out.
Career planning might involved making changes in you as well as to the career
Career change is in reality a lot less scary than most people consider it to be - IF - it is well planned.
Changing attitude might at times be more important than changing the job ( and may indeed be a prerequisite for making any long lasting, appropriate and effective changes)
No time put to career planning generally means no career plan.
Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results could be considered a form of madness.
Questioning ones career path, reengineering it or looking at it differently does not equate invariably to leaving it.
Careers are like chariots - you've either got the reins - or you haven't (Think Ben Hur!)
The biggest career decision is not the end point - its making the decision to do career planning and get better at it.