Should I Stay or Should I Go? PART 2 - 4 Ways to Know It May Be Time For a Career Change
The landscape of medicine is changing and I speak daily to women physicians and physician moms who are in the space of contemplation about whether they should quit their job or even quit medicine altogether. With environments becoming more toxic than ever, and reimbursements steadily declining it's no wonder doctors are seeking out other career avenues. However, the conflict is that while many of the Dr. Mommies I speak with are feeling exhausted and overwhelmed and think it's time to quit medicine, they still LOVE the clinical part. This is a common conflict and when in my coaching of physician moms, there are 4 questions I ask that help me to determine whether it's medicine that is truly the problem or simply the job circumstance itself.
1. What is it that really doesn't work about what you are doing right now? In this question, I'm looking specifically for the nature of the answer. It is problem focused,
2. Can you remember a time when you used to love what you did as a physician? What were you doing then? There are two purposes
3. If you had it ALL your way… if ALL of your obstacles (perceived & real) were removed, would you still be seeing patients? The key here is to determine whether the love for clinical medicine still exists. If so, it's not medicine that is the problem, it's the job. See the "5 Ways You Know It's Time to Quit Your Job" Article (link)
4. If you had it all your way what
This inquiry can be very powerful in getting you clear about what you really desire in your career.Often times, when we are exhausted and in emotional pain, we focus only on "getting the hell out" which can land us back in the fire (even when in a non-clinical setting). Taking time to reflect on these questions is the first step to really moving toward your ideal career.Keep in mind that when doing this type of inquiry, it's best done with someone else… someone who can empower you, listen to you without judgment, and bring you new ideas and help expand on those ideas.Often physician career coaches are good resources in this light if you do not have a personal mentor in your field that you trust to listen to you in an unbiased and empowering way.
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Great post and excellent reminder for us all to consider what we truly want out of not only our jobs, but also our careers, whether they are clinical or not. Thanks for sharing!