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Most of my career advice clients have a single 90 minute session with me. At the end of this session they have a clear picture of their career options, detailed information about those areas and concrete steps to take to start working towards their goals. After this, some clients do opt for further sessions for mentoring and support to work towards their goals and many of my career advice clients return to me for assistance with their CV and application and their interview preparation.

Whilst it’s never too early to start thinking about your career, you will get the most value from a session with me once you’ve had some exposure to a range of clinical medicine. The ideal time is towards the end of the second last year of your course. At this stage, you have some experience but you also have time to tailor things in final year to allow you to narrow down your choices and to do things that will help position you well for training eg some research or an elective in your area of choice.

Absolutely not. Many of my clients come to me with only a very vague idea of the direction they’d like to go and some have no idea at all. That’s exactly what I’m here for – to get you thinking about yourself and all the options and help you work out the best fit for you.

Every career advice client receives specific information about the specialty area(s) they are interested in. I’ve developed information packages on all the specialties and these include “insider” information from current specialists and trainees about the realities of training and working in that area. In over 30 years in the system, I also have a very wide range of contacts across all specialty areas so if there’s something I don’t know, I know how to find out.

If you’re already feeling pretty confident and looking for someone to just critique your prepared answers and give you a few tips on presentation, a single session might be fine. However, most of my clients find that further sessions really help to reinforce the principles we’ve worked on in the first session and give time to thoroughly practice their presentation. If you’ve already missed out on a training place before, I recommend that we start working together well in advance of your interview.

If you’ve made a mistake, it’s not the end of the world and it’s great that you’ve recognised the need to rethink things. There are always options and many training programs provide for some recognition of prior learning, which may reduce training time in another area. I’ve worked with lots of doctors in your situation and although some went in a completely different direction, others were able to modify their current situation to make it more satisfying and enjoyable for them.

Definitely. I’ve worked with lots of doctors who question whether medicine is the right career for them. In some cases we’ve looked at alternative pathways within medicine that might suit them better. But for some people a complete change is the right way to go and there’s a wide range of alternatives. A lot of the skills developed in medicine are transferable to other professional areas and are highly valued. I can help you identify those skills in yourself and discuss the kinds of options outside of medicine that have worked for other doctors.

There’s no point pretending that conditional registration isn’t an issue when applying for training positions. However many Colleges have some flexibility about their entry criteria and are prepared to consider applicants on a case by case basis. I have a lot of experience working with doctors who have conditional registration and can work with you to realistically assess your situation and support you in finding a role that’s right for you. Don’t forget that specialty training isn’t the only path to a satisfying career. I’ll outline a range of other options, both in medicine and outside of it, and how you might get into them.

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