Life is a constantly evolving, dynamic process which exists within wider systems with periods of stability and periods of disruption. When life throws you a curveball in the shape of an unexpected major life event or even a major global disaster like Covid-19, it’s normal to question where you are heading with your life and career, and to want to reflect on whether a change of direction or priority is needed to get things back on track again. For many people a period of disruption is a spur to taking action to make significant changes in their life and career and many senior doctors turn to an expert for medical career advice, medical career help, and medical career guidance.
As a medical career coach and doctors career counsellor, I’ve found in recent weeks that as we reach the close of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, lots of senior doctors, NHS consultants, and GPs are wondering what to do next with their medical career. Some doctors who are approaching retirement are now considering retiring early from their medical career, and are feeling overwhelmed by the thought of leaving medicine yet also feeling that it is time to move on. Other doctors are considering unusual medical careers, alternative medical careers, or are thinking of changing direction within medicine. Other doctors are considering a change of employer, a secondment, a medical career break or a medical sabbatical, or a change of geographical location including moving abroad.
Feeling unhappy in your medical career is for most people a lonely and frightening place. The expert medical career coaching and career counselling for doctors service I offer is a highly structured and evidence based process which is specifically designed to enable you to find clarity, insight and direction in your medical career and professional life, and to ensure that you are getting the very best career advice for doctors leaving medicine and support to change career direction as a medic.
While I draw upon my training as a medical life coach, medical executive coach, and career coach for doctors, this highly structured process is not the same as a career coaching process rather it is a very specialised form of doctors career counselling. Working together will be a journey which takes you to the core of who you are as a person and as a doctor, and it will enable you to have a vocabulary to use to describe to yourself or anyone else what it is you really want and need in your life and your career for the next chapter. It will also enable you to widen your thinking about your career progression as a doctor, to develop skills to manage your medical career independently in the longer term, and to enable you to make significant changes to your medical career should you wish to do so.
Helping senior doctors and medical executives with their careers is, along with medical leadership development, what I do best. I’ve helped over 120 senior doctors to get unstuck and to move forward with confidence into the future. Book a free, confidential no obligation career consultation with me today and take the first step to gaining expert medical career support.
Dr Fiona Day (MBChB, FFPH, Dip Occ Med, Executive Coach) is a FMLM approved Executive Coach and works with senior Doctors to improve their careers, working lives, and leadership roles. Find out more at www.fionadayconsulting.co.uk; to explore working with Fiona please book a confidential half hour Career Consultation here.